Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cheese and Chicken Shells

My newest addiction... How can I spend so many hours dreaming of everything that I want to cook, decorate, make??? It is so fascinating to me! I found this recipe thanks to my new love of pinterest and it is fabulous. Super easy to throw together, easier to stuff then manicotti and super delish! :) And to top it off it is healthy! Yay for us!



Cheese and Chicken Shells
(recipe found at www.lifeinthegreenhouse.com)

12 jumbo pasta shells
1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
2 large egg whites, gently beaten
1 1/2 part skim ricotta cheese
4 ounces chicken, cooked and diced
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and chopped (drain all excess water)
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon chopped basil
3/4 cup part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Cook shells in boiling water according to the directions on the box. Rinse with cold water and set aside for later use. Lightly spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and spread 12 cup of pasta sauce evenly over the bottom of the pan. Set aside. Stir together egg whites, ricotta, chicken, spinach, garlic powder, basil and seasoning. stir in 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Fill each shell with mixture and place filled shells in the baking dish on top of the sauce. Spread remaining sauce on top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 30 minutes.

Serves: 4 (3 shells a piece)
Points: 9

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