Easy Stuffed Pasta Shells

Serves: 
8
Ingredients: 
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 12-ounce carton lowfat cottage cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (save 1/2 cup for topping)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 26-ounce jar lite tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 8-ounce package uncooked large pasta shells
Instructions: 
  1. Wash hands.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a 13x9x2-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Drain spinach by placing in a sieve set over the sink, or in a bowl and pressing with a spoon to remove as much liquid as possible, or squeeze out liquid with clean hands. Place spinach in medium bowl.
  4. Add the cottage cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, oregano, and pepper to the spinach. Stir to mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour half of the spaghetti sauce into prepared baking dish. Add water and stir to mix.
  6. Spoon about 3 tablespoons cheese mixture into each uncooked pasta shell and arrange in a single layer over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over top.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese evenly over sauce.
  8. Cover tightly with foil. Bake for 1 hour or until shells are tender. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Tips: 
  • Try this recipe for a potluck or make-ahead dinner. If desired, refrigerate the ready-to-bake casserole.
  • To lower sodium, use a reduced sodium spaghetti sauce.
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