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No-Bake Spinach Stuffed Shells

Are you looking for quick dinner ideas for your family? These no-bake spinach stuffed shells are perfect! Not only is this dish easy to make, but great for entertaining!

As a mom of 4, I’m always trying to find easy, yet healthy dinners to feed my family. It’s not easy with a busy schedule to put a hot homemade dinner on the table. Not easy doesn’t mean impossible, and I try my best to make it happen at least 6 days a week.

Making no-bake stuffed shells

We don’t always want to turn on the oven, and surprisingly these stuffed shells turn out great right on the stovetop! All you need is a large skillet with a lid or a cast-iron casserole dish like this one!

You will start off by boiling the pasta. I like to pull it out right before it’s finished so the pasta doesn’t get too soft when it’s cooking with the lid on. I don’t know about anyone else, but I REALLY don’t like smushy pasta!

The other thing I like to do is sautee the spinach for just a couple minutes in a small skillet with salt, pepper, and fresh garlic. Spinach brings a lot to the table in nutrition, but not much in flavor!

Some health benefits of spinach are:

  • High in vitamin A & K.
  • Good source of fiber and magnesium
  • Helps prevent cancer
  • Strengthens bones and aids in healthy skin.
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Helps prevent acne and anti-aging

These are just some of the benefits of spinach! I love adding it into dishes because it doesn’t have a strong flavor which makes it kid-friendly! If you have a picky eater try chopping the spinach finely before serving it. By doing this it will help avoid long stringy pieces that a kid may not like.

After cooking the spinach a couple of minutes to give it some flavor, let it cool a couple of minutes and stir it into the ricotta mix. Strain the shells, stuff, and cover. In just a few minutes you will have a hot and bubbly delicious stuffed shell dinner! I like to serve it with fresh out of the oven Crusty Artisan Bread. 

For other dishes using spinach check out these kid-friendly Popeye Pancakes!


No-Bake Spinach Stuffed Shells

These No-Bake skillet Stuffed Shells with creamy ricotta, spinach, and fresh garlic make a perfect quick dinner!
Course dinner, quick dinners
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta dishes, ricotta stuffed shells, spinach stuffed shells, stuffed shells
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • Large skillet or casserole skillet with lid


  • 1 box shells cooked according to directions on the box
  • 24 oz whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese + a half cup to sprinkle on top
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pink salt or sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoon fresh basil chopped thin or 1 ½ teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups spinach leaves roughly chopped and sauteed with garlic
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic grated
  • 1 jar Marinara Sauce


  • Cook pasta al dente according to directions on the box. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine cheeses, egg, chopped basil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a small skillet over medium heat place a tablespoon of oil in a skillet and sautee spinach for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. After spinach is wilted, grate in garlic and sautee and stir for another minute. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  • Stir spinach into ricotta mix.
  • In the bottom of a large skillet or casserole skillet spread a cup of marinara sauce.
  • With a spoon stuff the shells with the ricotta mixture and place in the prepared skillet making a circle around the edges and working your way in. You may have a few extra shells left over.
  • Once all the shells are stuffed and placed in the pan pour the remaining sauce on top and sprinkle with a ½ cup of mozzarella cheese.
  • Place lid on the skillet and cook over medium-low heat for about 25 minutes.
  • Enjoy!
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