Spinach and Ground Beef Stuffed Shells

Spinach and Ground Beef Stuffed Shells My daughter loves pasta but hates veggies. I can never ever get her to eat anything with veggies in it because she will spot them right away and start removing them. Over the years I’ve developed a ton of recipes that I can hide veggies into without her noticing.

This is a great recipe for sneaking spinach into your kids’ diet. I cut the spinach into big pieces because I made this batch for you guys but if your kids are picky you can chop the spinach into smaller pieces and they will melt right into the meat sauce and they won’t even notice it’s spinach!

This whole dish is simple and easy to put together and can also be prepared ahead of time and then popped in the oven or microwave as needed. If you don’t have the jumbo shells you can use any other type of pasta, follow the same directions for cooking to pasta al dente style and layer the pasta and meat sauce in a casserole dish.
Spinach and Ground Beef Stuffed Shells

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Spinach and Ground Beef Stuffed Shells

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Layla

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces jumbo pasta shells about 12-14 shells
  • 2 cups loosely packed spinach
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese shredded
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoons basil
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt+pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a big pot boil 6 cups of water and cook shells al dente style (according to package), add salt and pepper to taste.

  2. While the shells are boiling Heat a large pan or skillet. Add the ground beef (no oil needed) and brown for 2-3 minutes. Add the chopped onions, garlic, basil, oregano, tomato paste and salt + pepper to taste. Simmer for 2 minutes then add the spinach and simmer for 2 more minutes.

  3. After the shells are cooked (be careful not to overcook because they will start to break apart) and the meat sauce is ready put the mixture in the shells like a tablespoon and half into each one line them up in across a 13x19 casserole dish. Pour the marinara sauce over the top, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese and cook for 15 minutes at 400°F.

Spinach and Ground Beef Stuffed Shells

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    Comments

    Ashley

    I used sausage instead of ground beef and added MUSHROOMS! Amazing! Than for the reCipe!cant wait to Share

    Petula Johnson

    This is a great dish!!
    I took the liberty to to add a tomat0, onion and garlic sauce which enhanced the flavors….

    enough said, it’s time to eat!!!!

    Betty

    Have fixed this befoRe Made a lot. I froze them 3 or 4 to a container and they tasted as good as fresh. Used frozen spinach thawed and squeezed and extra cheese italian seasoning too

    Jaci

    Sounds good, but recipes without the nutritional info are useless to me since being diabetic means carb watching is a must!

      Robin Shultz

      Jaci, Get MyFitnessPal app. You can enter a recipe into the recipe section and it will break the recipe down into the nutritional components. I’m a diabetic, too, and us the MyFitnessPal app DAILY to keep track of my carbs. I don’t have to do any meds! Yeah me!

    Gwennabaker@yahoo.com Baker

    I doubled the recipe and added more marinara and it’s delish!

    Jaime

    are there any nutritional facts available?

    Sydney

    Do you drain the fat after browning the meat?

    Kristin Barricks

    Making an unstuffed version of this. Instead of stuffing jumbo shells with the hamburger mixture I have mixed the hamburger mixture with small shells and covered with the pasta sauce and cheese. hope it turns out good Thanks

    Laura

    My boyfriend loved these. He did request I put more cheese on them next time though. I am also going to substitute the regular marinara for a traditional pasta sauce, but that’s more of my preference.

    Anna

    You never used the ricotta?

      Anna

      Also you have us preheat the oven to 400 then tell us to cook the shells at 350? I don’t understand.

        Layla

        I usually use ricotta cheese in my stuffed shells but this recipe is better without the ricotta. Also, sorry about the temperature. I’ll have that fixed; it’s 400F. Please do let me know if you make it!

    Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    Lol I totally relate to your daughter! And this would def. pass the muster for me-deliiiicious shells!

    Consuelo - Honey & Figs

    Hahaha I love veggies but I hate pasta ;–) Anyway, these look so awesome that I think I could give them a go. MMMM THAT CHEESE <3 Absolutely calling my name! xx

    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    I don’t have kids yet but im still obsessed with these, meat, cheese and pasta, how can you go wrong?!