20 jumbo (uncooked) pasta shells
3 cups pasta sauce
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
Garnish: 2 scallions, finely sliced
For the Filling:
For the Béchamel Sauce:
Preheat the oven to 400 °F, 200 °C.
Cook the pasta shells in boiling salted water for 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water so that the shells don’t stick together and to stop the cooking process.
To make the spinach filling: Warm the olive oil along with the garlic clove over medium heat for a few seconds or just until the garlic releases its aroma. Take care not to burn it or it will become extremely bitter.
Add the chopped spinach and cook just until it wilts, stirring often.
Place the wilted spinach in a large mixing bowl. Add the ricotta cheese, crumble the feta into the bowl, add the dill, and season with some black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Taste and add salt if needed. Mix in the beaten eggs and set aside.
To make the Béchamel sauce: Combine the flour and oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk well while cooking a few minutes until toasted.
Slowly add the milk in and whisk well to incorporate so that it is smooth and creamy.
Cook until it comes to a boil and thickens. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Remove from heat.
Whisk the eggs together in a bowl. Add some of the hot milk mixture into the eggs and whisk to temper them so that they don't scramble when added to the cream sauce.
Add the eggs to the sauce and whisk well.
Add the parmesan (Gruyere) cheese and mix to combine.
To assemble everything:Pour a layer of tomato sauce in a 9 by 13-inch baking pan.
Stuff the shells with the spinach filling and arrange the shells over the sauce.
Pour some béchamel sauce over the shells and top with shredded mozzarella cheese and cover with aluminum foil.
Bake the tray of stuffed shells (on the middle oven rack) covered with foil for 25-30 minutes, then uncover and bake until the cheese is golden by turning the broiler element on for the last 5 minutes. Keep an eye on it so that they don’t burn.
Garnish the stuffed shells with some sliced scallions and serve. Enjoy!
Make Ahead Freezer Instructions: Thaw the tray of shells overnight in the refrigerator then bake as usual. If they are not thawed overnight, place them in the oven while it is still cold and allow them to warm through slowly while the oven is pre-heating. It will take about 15-20 minutes longer for the shells to cook.
1-pound boneless chicken thigh meat
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, grated
1 tablespoon dried crushed oregano
14 ounces canned tomatoes, pureed
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
½ pound orecchiette pasta (or your favorite pasta)
1 rosemary sprig, or, fresh chopped parsley
Optional: crumbled feta cheese, mozzarella, or grated parmesan as toppings
Notes: A whole cut up chicken can be used instead of the boneless thigh meat. Just adjust the cooking time by extending about 40 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.
Rice can be substituted for the pasta and it can be left out all together and served alongside mashed or roasted potatoes, with some toasted bread, or with a salad.
Season the chicken with salt and black pepper on both sides.
Heat a large skillet (12-inch round cast iron skillet) with olive oil and brown the chicken on both sides. About 5-6 minutes per side. The chicken will release easily when it is ready.
Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside in a plate.
Add the onions to the pan and cook over medium heat until soft and golden. About 10 minutes.
Add the garlic and heat through. About 1 minute.
Place the chicken back into the pan and top with the pureed tomatoes, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, oregano and about half cup of water.
Cook over medium heat about 25-30 minutes. The sauce will reduce when ready and the chicken will be soft.
Add the olives and the sprig of rosemary along with the pasta and 1 teaspoon of salt and mix well.
Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a medium low and cook approximately 15-minutes or until the pasta is cooked al dente. Keep an eye on it and add a little more water if needed.
Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary and discard the sprig of rosemary.
Serve as is or topped with some crumbled feta or your favorite cheese.
1 pound uncooked pasta (orecchiette, elbows, orzo..)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup all purpose flour
5 cups milk plus 2 cups pasta water
4 cups baby spinach leaves or 1 pound frozen spinach leaves, thawed)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried dill
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
freshly ground white pepper
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
crumbled feta cheese
Note* Make the sauce as the pasta is cooking or before. The pasta should not sit in the strainer after it drains. It should go directly in the sauce. This will prevent the pasta from becoming one big massive clump of orzo. Also, the pasta will cook and absorb flavor from the sauce for a couple of minutes and will become delicious :)
Boil the pasta until al dente in salted water and drain.
In another pot, heat the olive oil and minced garlic over medium heat for a few seconds, just until aromatic.
Add flour and whisk it well. Cook it for 2-3 minutes.
Add the milk, 2 cups of the pasta water and the seasonings. Cook until slightly thickened. Add chopped spinach and pasta.
Bring to a boil and thin out the sauce with some more water or milk if necessary.
Mix well and taste it to see if it needs more salt and pepper.
Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and feta on top and some dried oregano. Mix well and serve immediately.
2 cups uncooked small pasta such as orecchiette, bow tie, or elbows
1 cup diced green bell pepper
1-2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup or more sliced olives
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 (6 ounce jar) artichoke hearts
Cook the pasta al dente in salted boiling water. Drain and place in a large bowl.
Prepare the ladolemono dressing and set aside.
Drain the artichoke hearts and cut in half.
Combine all of the ingredients together and toss well with the dressing.
Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.
Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator and serve cold.
Ok, so this has been my go to recipe since my beginner cooking days. Hence the store bought pasta sauce. Now, you know what I say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" and this dish definitely is not in any need of fixing....
3/4 cup mayo
juice of 1 small lemon
1 cup couscous, cooked
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 (7 ounce) can of tuna fish, drained
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
To cook the couscous: Bring 1 and 1/4 cup of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 cup couscous. Turn the heat off and cover the pot for 5 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork.
Combine the mayo, lemon juice, olive oil and whisk well to combine.
Put all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
Most Greek food is vegetarian friendly. This is another great example of a very satisfying, healthy vegetarian dish. Sure you can add leftover roasted chicken or shrimp if you have some, but trust me, it's SO deliciously flavorful as is that you don't need to!
Spinach, three cheeses, pasta and a creamy white sauce!!! Should I say more??? This vegetarian lasagna is so hearty and flavorful, that you will not miss the meat! Trust me :) Serve this to your friends and family and they will love it.
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