Baked Stuffed Shells
(makes 24 shells/serves 8)
24 uncooked pasta shells (large size)
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 jar vodka sauce (favorite store brand)
4-6 fresh basil leaves, torn
16 oz. part-skim ricotta
1 cup grated parmesan
16 oz. organic baby spinach, cooked/drained
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Bring a large pot of salt water to a boil. Add the pasta shells, cook for 8 minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water.
Make the tomato sauce:
Fresh basil makes this sauce taste totally homemade...
Make the cheese filling:
If you can find this brand of ricotta, grab it! It tastes wonderful...
Food For Thought: A Word About Spinach
The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit protection research organization, placed spinach on its 2003 list of twelve foods most contaminated with pesticides. More than ever, a good reason to buy organic.