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Very Veggie Stuffed Shells

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Very Veggie Stuffed Shells

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2008-07-25 Main Dish
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Jumbo pasta shells are filled with a mixture of tofu, spinach, mushrooms, olives & basil, baked in spaghetti sauce and topped with pine nuts.

  • Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:

12 oz box Large Pasta Shells
10 oz pkg Frozen Spinach
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion, diced
4 cloves Garlic, crushed
8 oz Mushrooms, sliced
12.3 oz box Extra Firm Silken Tofu, drained
2-3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
3.8 oz can Sliced Black Olives, drained
½ cup Basil, chopped
½ tsp Salt
⅛ tsp Coarse Ground Black Pepper
2½ cups Prepared Spaghetti Sauce
4 Tbsp Pine Nuts

Directions:

Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta shells al dente, according to the package directions (usually 12 minutes.)

Meanwhile, put frozen spinach in a microwave-safe dish with a lid. Cover and microwave on high about 5 minutes. Remove lid and set aside to cool.

In a non-stick skillet with a lid, heat olive oil on medium. Saute onion for 2 minutes, until brown on edges. Reduce heat to low. Stir in garlic and mushrooms. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Place tofu in a medium-size mixing bowl. Sprinkle lemon juice over tofu and stir with a fork, crumbling tofu into small curds that resemble ricotta cheese. While tofu marinates in juice, drain the spinach. Squeeze all the excess water out of the spinach, one handful at a time.

Once mushrooms have sauteed 10 minutes, stir in tofu, spinach, olives, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat another 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375. Spread spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 12x8" baking dish. Gently spoon vegetable-tofu filling into the shells. Arrange in tight rows on top of the sauce. Bake for 15 minutes on the middle rack. Raise oven heat to broil. Sprinkle shells with pine nuts and broil (still on middle rack) for 5 minutes.

Serve warm with garlic bread and a green salad.

Helpful Tips:

Note: I wanted my family to enjoy the health benefits of soy protein and tofu. So, I converted a traditional stuffed shells recipe, substituting tofu for ricotta cheese. The tofu breaks into tiny curds that anyone will assume is ricotta cheese. And the dish is so full of flavor that no one will question the secret ingredient! The end result is a healthier, low-fat, great tasting recipe that will please any tofu-phobe!