Mega Meat-Stuffed Shells Recipe

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Mega Meat-Stuffed Shells
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  1. Place the frozen spinach on a plate and defrost in the microwave on HIGH for 6 minutes.
  2. Wring the spinach dry in a clean towel.
  3. While the spinach is in the microwave, preheat the oven to 425° and, in a large covered pot, bring the water to a boil for the shells.
  4. Salt the boiling water and cook the shells for 6-7 minutes; they should still be firm at the center; drain.
  5. Drizzle them with oil and set aside in a shallow baking dish.
  6. While the pasta is working, brown the meat over medium to med-high heat in 1 tablespoon oil.
  7. Add the chopped garlic and onions to the meat; season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg; and cook the mixture for 5 minutes more.
  8. Transfer the meat to a bowl; add the spinach and mix them together.
  9. Add the egg, bread crumbs, and half the cheese and combine.
  10. Fill the shells with the meat mixture and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top, then bake for 11-12 minutes to set the filling in the shells and crisp the pasta at the edges.
  11. While the shells bake, heat the remaining tablespoon oil in a small pot over low heat with the halved garlic clove and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  12. Remove the garlic, add the red pepper flakes, and cook for a minute more, then stir in the tomato sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
  13. Stir in the basil.
  14. Pour 1/2 cup of sauce on each dinner plate and top it with 4 shells.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 894.4 Kcal (3745 kJ)
Calories from fat 566.84 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 62.98g 97%
Cholesterol 283.94mg 95%
Sodium 1197.87mg 50%
Potassium 900.42mg 19%
Total Carbs 16.32g 5%
Sugars 4.24g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1.83g 7%
Protein 66.8g 134%
Vitamin C 6.2mg 10%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 5%
Iron 6.4mg 35%
Calcium 716.4mg 72%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 212.62 Kcal (890 kJ)
Calories from fat 134.75 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.97g 97%
Cholesterol 67.5mg 95%
Sodium 284.76mg 50%
Potassium 214.05mg 19%
Total Carbs 3.88g 5%
Sugars 1.01g 17%
Dietary Fiber 0.44g 7%
Protein 15.88g 134%
Vitamin C 1.5mg 10%
Iron 1.5mg 35%
Calcium 170.3mg 72%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 22.8
  • 24

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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