You either grow up in a sports family or you don’t. And we’re from big sports families.
And we’ve learned there is such a thing as too much sports spectating, which is when we’re more into the tailgating food than the game and get into comfort food like this twist on ricotta-and-spinach-stuffed shells. Here we upped the ante and threw in some chorizo for a bit more heft and a smoky note.
So, no matter who wins on Sunday, we’re certain that there will be no arguments about this recipe. Unless we run out — then all bets are off.
Spinach Stuffed Shells With Ricotta Recipe
- 12 ounces jumbo pasta shells about 25 to 30 shells
- 1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for the pan
- 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
- 8 ounces fresh chorizo or spicy pork sausage removed from casing and crumbled
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed or pureed tomatoes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 3 spinach or chard stemmed and leaves finely chopped
- 1 (15 ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
- 1 cup shredded low-moisture mozzarella
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- Cook The Shells: Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Rinse under cold water and pat dry thoroughly.
- Make The Chorizo Sauce: Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and chorizo and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain off all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings and return the pan (with the chorizo and onions still in it) to the stove.
- Add tomatoes, season with sugar, salt, and freshly ground black pepper, and simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, at least 10 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile, coat 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish with oil and set aside.
- Mix The Ricotta Spinach Stuffing: Heat the oven to 375°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl and mix to evenly combine.
- Spoon half of the sauce in prepared dish. Stuff each pasta shell with a heaping tablespoon of the filling and arrange the stuffed shells in the dish. Spoon remaining sauce over the shells and cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake The Pasta: Bake until pasta is cooked through and sauce begins to bubble, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.