Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells Recipe

INGREDIENTS

Italian Tomato Sauce

1 1/2 C
Emergency Essentials Tomato Powder (24 Tablespoons)
2/3 C
Emergency Essentials Dried Tomatoes
1 Tbs
Emergency Essentials Italian Seasoning
1/8 tsp
Emergency Essentials Minced Garlic (can use more if you like)
3/4 tsp
Emergency Essentials Iodized Salt
3/4 tsp
Emergency Essentials Sugar
1 Tbs
Olive Oil
4 C
Water

PREPARATION

  1. Mix Tomato Powder with 3 cups water in saucepan on medium heat. Add tomatoes and an additional cup of water.
  2. Once blended, add the remaining ingredients. Allow to simmer until flavors are blended and consistency is as you like it. (Add a little water if it gets too thick; keep cooking if it's too thin)
  3. Taste for seasoning and adjust.

Filling for Shells or Manicotti

1 1/2 C
Emergency Essentials Freeze-Dried Spinach, reconstituted and drained
2 C
Mountain House Freeze Dried Cottage Cheese, reconstituted
1 - 1 1/2 C
Emergency Essentials Freeze-Dried Mozzarella Cheese, reconstituted and divided in half (reserve half for topping)
1 tsp
Emergency Essentials Italian Seasoning
3 1/2 - 4 C
Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe
14
Jumbo Pasta Shells, cooked and drained

PREPARATION

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta shells according to package directions.
  2. Reconstitute first 3 ingredients and drain (When draining the spinach, press it against the colander with a spoon to remove excess water)
  3. Preheat oven to 400. Mix spinach, cottage cheese, 1/2 of your prepared Mozzarella cheese, and Italian seasoning together until well blended. Spoon mixture evenly into each cooked pasta shell.
  4. Spray 13 x 9" baking dish with cooking spray and spoon in half of your sauce over bottom of dish. Arrange filled shells or manicotti as desired, and top with the remainder of the sauce.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle reserved 1/2 cup of Mozzarella cheese on top.
  6. Bake, uncovered, for an additional 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Variation: For a little more flavor, add 1½ cups reconstituted Emergency Essentials Freeze Dried Sausage Crumbles or Emergency Essentials Small Italian Meatballs.

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Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells Recipe