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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Chicken and Pesto Stuffed Shells



Stuffed shells are one of my favorite pasta dinners.  I always make a full pan of them so I can eat them leftover for lunch or dinner the next day.  This is also a great dish to make and freeze for a quick weeknight meal.  If you aren't a fan of marinara sauce, try switching it out with Alfredo sauce.

The shells tasted fantastic.  We both really enjoyed them.  I served this with a side salad and some garlic bread.  Easy and delicious!  My favorite kind of meal.


Chicken and Pesto Stuffed Shells
(Printable Recipe)

2 cups cooked, chopped chicken (1/2 rotisserie chicken)
15 oz ricotta cheese
1/3 cup pesto
2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil
1 jar spaghetti sauce
22 jumbo shells

Preheat oven to 375.  Lightly spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.  Set aside.

Cook jumbo pasta shells according to package.  Drain and cool.

Combine chicken, ricotta cheese, pesto, garlic powder, basil and 1 cup mozzarella cheese.

Stuff pasta shells with chicken mixture and place in prepared baking dish.  Top with spaghetti sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese. (Can freeze at this point)

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until bubbly.




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15 comments:

  1. This looks pretty easy...never tried to make stuffed shells before. I think you've convinced me to try!

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  2. OH wow, these look soooo so good!

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  3. I LOVE making stuffed shells. This is definitely going to be my next time around :-) Thanks!

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  4. I so love stuffed shells too! My hubby on the other hand thinks they look like sea creatures and hates them! He's weird! :) lol
    ~Amy

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  5. I have only made shells stuffed with cheese. I like that you used chicken...they sound great.

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  6. ooh this looks amazing! And pretty easy :D It's going on to my 'to make' list.
    xxx

    http://sugar-and-sparkle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. That's a nice one, Steph. We haven't done shells in a while and I really like the pesto/chicken combo.

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  8. I made these a couple nights ago and we're still eating leftovers. So good! I'd never done stuffed shells before this and it was surprisingly easy. Thanks!

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  9. Just made these for dinner tonight. They were a hit! I'm going to make them for a friend who just had a baby. Thanks for the recipe!!

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  10. Glad you liked them! This is a great dish to make ahead and give to friends.

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  11. one of my favorites fom you! made it last night shared at work and now printing the recipe for them!

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