Lean ground turkey and spinach provide a hearty and healthier twist to this delicious Stuffed Shells Recipe.
Pasta is always a family favorite around here. I’m pretty sure my daughter, at least, would be perfectly happy eating pasta every day of the week! Although she would be satisfied with basic spaghetti and Parmesan cheese, these Stuffed Shells with Turkey and Spinach definitely take a basic pasta dinner up a notch. Stuffed Shells are a classic and very popular pasta dish. Usually they are full of cheesy deliciousness. I love cheesy deliciousness! Melted cheese makes almost everything better. Am I right?
However, this particular recipe is a version that is a bit healthier. It still has enough gooey, melted cheese to be delicious but, instead of being stuffed with cheese, the shells are stuffed with a combination of lean ground turkey and spinach that essentially turns into a turkey and spinach meatball inside the tender pasta shell. Yum!! A plate full of Stuffed Shells with Turkey and Spinach is special enough to serve to guests. It is so simple, though, that it is also perfect for a family dinner. You might think that a recipe like this takes forever but it really doesn’t. This stuffed shells recipe can be on the table in under an hour!
This recipe starts with boiling water in a large pot so that you can cook the pasta shells according to the directions on the package. While the pasta is cooking, you have plenty of time to make the filling. I use frozen spinach that I have thawed and drained very well when I make this recipe although you could absolutely cook up some fresh spinach and chop it. Just make sure you squeeze out as much moisture as you can so the stuffed shells are not too soggy.
To make the filling, it is just a matter of combining ground turkey with the cooked and drained spinach, garlic and some Parmesan cheese. Add a couple of eggs to bind everything together. After topping the shells with pasta sauce and cheese, pop them in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Leftovers, if there are any, are great the next day or you can freeze them for a quick meal on a busy night.