Crock Pot Pasta Shells

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Cold Days and pasta shells in the crock pot

We got our first measurable snow this week, and it has been bitterly cold. I don’t like the cold, and I don’t like driving on slick, snowy roads in my little car. But given what the people in New York are facing (FEET of snow, motorists stranded on the interstate for days, in case you live under a rock) I am just being entitled to complain.

Its been too cold to really get out and play in the snow, so my daughter has been sneaking out on the deck to throw a few snowballs.

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shells5You would think days like this would make me want to bake up a storm and warm the house up, but I am pretty content to wrap up in a blanket with some tea and a book. Let’s get real, I put on fuzzy slippers and sat at my desk working.

I mentioned earlier this week about how I am adding margin to my life, and reducing the demands on my schedule. So for this weeks menu I chose easy to prepare meals that can be thrown in the crock pot. I think crock pot cooking gets an unfair shake in the culinary world. When I think of crock pot meals, mushy casseroles and chili come to mind. But the only limit to what sort of dish you can concoct for your slow cooker is your imagination.

On this particular day I made stuffed shells that were inspired by this recipe. I tweaked and made this recipe to our taste, so I am including that version below

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These were easy, although there is a bit of prep involved, and my family loved them! The best part is being able to assemble, throw them in the crock pot, and then walk away. Sure, I used canned sauce and *gasp* processed pasta, but my family got fed and I didn’t feel like I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Its all about priorities. 

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Stuffed Shells In The Crock Pot
Serves 8
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264 calories
10 g
61 g
18 g
16 g
11 g
149 g
344 g
2 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
149g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 264
Calories from Fat 157
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
27%
Saturated Fat 11g
56%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 61mg
20%
Sodium 344mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 2g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
80%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
37%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg jumbo pasta shells
  2. 1 jar marinara sauce
  3. 1 pint ricotta cheese
  4. 1 10 oz pkg fresh spinach
  5. 2 C shredded cheese (of your choice)
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta shells according to package directions. Run spinach through food processor a handful at a time to break it down into shreds. In a large mixing bowl add 1/2 of the jar of marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, spinach, and shredded cheese and mix until incorporated. When shells are cooked drain them. Spoon filling into shells and arrange them in the crock pot over the sauce. Pour rest of marinara over shells. Cook on low for 3-4 hours til heated through and cheese is melted.
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calories
264
fat
18g
protein
16g
carbs
10g
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Melissa is a former hairstylist of 20 years who has a passion for living a simply creative life. She loves inspiring others to pick up a planner and get their lives organized, to clean out a closet and minimize their clutter, and to clean up their physical and mental space to lead their most fulfilled life. She is newly single, a mom, soon to be grandma and crazy dog lady who constantly rewatches The Office.

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