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March is here and Passover is coming whether we want to admit it or not. I am sharing a "get rid of chametz" recipe to start preparing for the holiday. We all probably have pasta in our pantry and we all need to use it somehow. I had this big pasta shell package to use which inspired me to share this amazing stuffed pasta shell recipe! Not only does it get you ready for no more chametz but it’s a great dinner recipe!
Before I go over the ingredients and process, just note that if you have any other pasta types, this recipe still applies. All you need to do is layer the filling instead of actually filling the pasta. Something like making lasagna but with different layers. If you prefer other pasta recipes, check out my dinner recipe index for more ideas.
The ingredients for this yummy dish include pasta shells, spinach, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic, basil leaves, nutmeg, egg, tomato sauce, salt, and pepper. This dish has great Italian flavors that everyone loves!
I used store-bought tomato sauce, you can also make tomato sauce from scratch. I used frozen spinach that comes in cubes, you can use fresh spinach as well just cook it in a pan with a little oil then blend with a blender to have it fully chopped. You can add any cheese you want if you prefer not to use mozzarella.
The process of making the dish starts with the pasta. The pasta needs to be cooked before stuffing. Then you mix the filling ingredients in a bowl. Transfer the filling to a piping bag. Add some tomato sauce to a baking pan, arrange the cooked pasta on the sauce layer and pipe the filling to each pasta shell. (If you don’t have a piping bag, you can fill the shells with a teaspoon instead).
Add more tomato sauce on top, sprinkle parmesan cheese, cover and bake for half an hour. The whole process is very simple and it is only a matter of assembling everything together. The outcome has a rustic look and the flavor is just divine!
Starting from next week, I will be sharing Kosher for Passover recipes, if you started planning the meals for the holiday then be sure to look at the Passover recipe index with my previous year's recipes.
Let's start making these delicious stuffed pasta shells:
For the filling: