Brontosaurus Chefs to veganize, skip the dairy and stuff shells with grilled veggies
T-Rex Chefs feel free to add ground turkey to the dish - it's a delicious addition and frequently requested by my husband. Simply brown the meat with your favorite Italian seasonings [parsley, oregano, basil, etc...] and a little garlic/onion powder to taste. Mix into your cheesy veggie filling and you're good to go!
Update Hookay sooo... tried this with some sauteed mushrooms and it was INSANELY GOOD! Get on that. stat. and save me a piece while you're at it! =)
Preheat your oven to 350. Gently boil shells for approx 11min or until tender/al dente. Drain & arrange cooked noodles in a glass baking dish with a thin layer of spaghetti sauce on the bottom. Fun fact: if you roll the noodles in the red sauce it will help prevent them from sticking/wilting! Dice and sauté, onions and garlic together with shredded carrots and 1/2 tsp of olive oil. In a large bowl, fold ricotta, parm/romano cheeses, pesto, and torn spinach together with all your herbs and spices. Next, add your veggies to the mix. You are free to use your fingers, but putting the stuffing in a bag with a hole cut in the corner and squeezing is muuuch easier =) Stuff the noodles gently and pour a generous pile of sauce on top. Top with sliced or grated mozzarella/parm cheese and bake for approx 20-30 minutes at 350F
So... How was it?
Face-stuffing good! =) I typically use jarred sauces for my manicotti/shells/lasagna but using my fire roasted tomato sauce and a lil punch of pesto totally took it to the next level! I'm beyond ready for dinnertime now b/c its time for leftovers! Yay!
This stuffing also makes amazing Stuffed Shells <3