Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells


These tasty, cheesy stuffed spinach pasta shells are the ultimate Italian comfort food and will have everyone coming back for seconds! It is also a creative way to sneak veggies into your diet.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 box of Jumbo Pasta Shells
  • 2 Cups of Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 packages of 10 ounce spinach.
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese.
  • 1.5 Tbsp Fennel seeds (optional). 
  • 2 Tbsp dried Basil.
  • 1 Tbsp dried Parsley
  • 1 Jar of Spaghetti sauce.
  • 4 cloves of Garlic.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Gently place shells in boiling water. Cook noodles until they are tender, not soggy; drain well.

3. Cook Spinach as shown. I use the microwavable Spinach. Squeeze spinach dry.

4. Combine spinach, ricotta, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, fennel, basil and garlic in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper; mix well.

5. Spread 1/2 cup marinara sauce evenly over the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.

6. Fill each pasta shell with the spinach cheese mixture. Arrange the shells, filling side up in the baking dish. I use a gallon size plastic bag and fill the mixture with it, cut off a little corner, and this makes it easier to fill the shells.

7. Pour remaining sauce over the shells and sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan on top of the shells.

9. Cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven until heated through, about 30 minutes.

Serve with garlic bread and salad. Enjoy!

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Italian Dressing Caramelized Chicken


The best part about this recipe is that it only requires 3 ingredients and it is absolutely delicious.

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The ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2.5 lbs-3 lbs Chicken Breast
  • 1 packet (.7 ounce) of dried italian dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a 9×13 pan with a large piece of aluminum foil to prevent sticking.

3. Combine the packet of dried Italian dressing mix and 1/2 cup of brown sugar.

4. After cutting excess fat off chicken breasts, dip each piece and coat with the mix on each side. Any extra coating that remains can be sprinkled over.

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5. Place chicken in oven for 15-20 minutes (depending on the size of the chicken breasts) and flip each piece over. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Turn oven on broil for 2 minutes, flip chicken and broil for another 2 minutes.

Serve with rice, couscous, and quinoa. Enjoy!

Baked Pesto Chicken


This easy baked pesto chicken recipe is so easy and effortless but is easily one of my favorite dishes.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup basil Pesto
  • 1 Tbsp minced Garlic
  • 1/2 cup shredded
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella chesse

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

2. Trim excess fat off chicken and cut each breasts into 2-3 strips.

3. Rub 1 Tbsp of minced garlic all over chicken.

4.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray and spread 1/4 cup Pesto on the bottom of the dish.

5. Lay chicken strips in dish and spread another 1/4 cup of Pesto over the chicken.

6. Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.

7. At 20 minutes remove the aluminum foil off the baking dish and sprinkle shredded mozzarella on the chicken. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.

You can serve this with pasta, quinoa, rice, 0r couscous! Enjoy:)

No Boil Ricotta and Spinach stuffed Manicotti


On my way home from work I was trying to think of something that I could make that was easy but delcious. Since I was craving Italian at the time, I immediately thought of Manicotti! These cheese stuffed noodles are no fuss and are great for left overs. Here is my recipe for a no boil manicotti that you can whip up in 15 minutes and throw in the oven.

The ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 Jars Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 package Manicotta pasta shells
  • 8 ounces Ricotta cheese
  • 1.5 shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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  1. Pour 1.5 cups of spaghetti sauce at the bottom of the 9X13 pan.
  2. Mix the rest of the spaghetti sauce in a bowl with the 1 cup of water.
  3. Mix the ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, egg, 1 tsp basil, 2 tsp parsley, 1/2 tsp black pepper and spinach together.Image
  4. Start filling the uncooked Manicotti noodles with a spoon or your hands and place them in a row in the 9X13 dish.
  5. After the noodles are all placed in the pan, pour the rest of the sauce on top of the noodles.
  6. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
  7. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 6o minutes and uncover the foil and bake an addition 5-10 minutes.
  8. Serve and enjoy!!