Friday, January 2, 2009

Stuffed Shells With Artichokes

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

24 jumbo pasta shells (6 oz)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
8 oz sliced mushrooms
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts (packed in water), drained and coarsely chopped
1 pkg (10 oz) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 1/2 C 1% cottage cheese
2 med carrots, shredded
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 C shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare pasta per package directions (reduce cooking time by 2 to 3 minutes).

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes (with juice) and artichokes. Cover and simmer 4 minutes.

Combine remaining ingredients except mozzarella in large bowl. Fill shells with mixture and place in a baking dish. Pour sauce over top. Cover loosely with foil and bake 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and bake uncovered 10 minutes or until bubbly.

Tips and Tricks
I used more shells and filled each with slightly less filling. I also omitted the mushrooms from the sauce.
Make It Healthier
Omit salt.
How Kids Can Help
Measure ingredients. Mix filling. Older kids can fill shells.
Recipe Source
adapted from Prevention magazine.

Nutrition Facts
one serving equals:
175.3 CAL
2.7 G
1.1 G
5.5 MG
385.2 MG
24.7 G
4.7 G
2.8 G
13.6 G

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