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Kid-Friendly Beef and Vegetable Stuffed Shells

Easy Italian beef and vegetable stuffed shells with ricotta. A healthy, kid-friendly freezer meal for the entire family! Baby led weaning appropriate too!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 21 large shells cooked according to package instructions and cooled (make extra as some may break)
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli florets thawed and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper (can leave out)
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 10 oz. frozen spinach thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil roughly chopped
  • 2 cups favorite marinara sauce or no salt added tomato sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese can add less if you want

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Heat a large pan. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up chunks, for about 2-3 min. Add zucchini, broccoli, garlic and saute until softened, about 5 min. or so. add tomato paste and oregano and stir to combine. Turn off the heat. Stir in ricotta, spinach, and basil.
  • Spread some tomato sauce over the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Spoon filling into each shell and place them open side up into the dish. Fit them together snuggly. Pour remaining sauce over top, sprinkle with cheese.
  • Cover and bake for 20-25 min. Remove foil and bake for additional 10 min.

Notes

Make ahead tips:
You can make prepare the shells the night before, cover and refrigerate. When ready to serve the next day, add about 5 more minutes to the baking time.
You can freeze unbaked shells for a month or so. Cover tightly with plastic wrap then with foil and place in the freezer. Thaw completely in the fridge, about 24 hours, then follow the instructions above.

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcal | Protein: 21g | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 3mg
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
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