When I pick up my kids from school, the first thing they always ask me is, “What’s for dinner?” My answer to them is always, “food”. 😉
That daily question can sometimes drive me crazy, especially if I haven’t thought about it yet and I’m just planning on driving home and throwing together whatever I can find.
But with how busy our lives are, I have found out that unless I am just going to throw in the towel and order take-out or pizza, it is important to plan ahead.
I love making casseroles for weeknight dinners because they are so easy to throw together. I am also a big fan of using rotisserie chicken in recipes because I can grab it in a pinch.
This Sun dried Tomato, Spinach and Chicken Stuffed Shells is a great meal to make on so many levels. I use rotisserie chicken, it is easy to throw together, and it makes a lot of servingss so I can make a whole extra pan to freeze for another busy day.
When you freeze casseroles, it is best to use a disposable foil pan so you don’t “tie up” one of your better dishes in the freezer. Just cover the top of the pan with foil, label it with the date, and stick it in the freezer for when you are running behind.
You know those days: the ones where you feel like if you had to add one more task to the roster that you might collapse. Yes, those are the days that you will breathe a sigh of relief and remember that you have a ready to cook meal waiting in the freezer!
So be easy on yourself. Plan ahead, keep dishes ready to go in the freezer for busy days, and make this delicious Sun dried Tomato, Spinach and Chicken Stuffed Shells for a quick and delicious dinner! 🙂
- 1 12 oz. box of jumbo shells
- 2 c. cooked chicken (I used rotisserie)
- 1 1/2 c. ricotta cheese
- 1/2 c. parmesan, shredded
- 2 c. shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese, divided
- 1 8.5 oz jar of sun dried tomatoes with Italian herbs
- 1 10 oz package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 1 large jar of marinara sauce
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Cook the shells according to package directions but undercook them slightly to make filling them easier. Drain them and set them aside.
- In a large bowl, shred the cooked chicken and add the ricotta, parmesan and 1 cup of the mozzarella/Italian blend cheese, reserving the other cup for later use.
- Drain the sun dried tomatoes, chop them and add them to the mixture.
- Add the spinach and mix all the ingredients together until well blended.
- Using a large 9x13 baking dish, pour a cup of marinara on the bottom of the pan and fill each shell with the chicken mixture and place the shells in the dish on top of the marinara sauce. Pour the remaining marinara sauce on top of each shell -Note that this recipe makes enough for two pans. Use a disposable foil pan for the second dish, cover with foil and freeze for later use.
- Cover the dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
- Uncover the pan and using the reserved cup of mozzarella, sprinkle the top of each shell with the cheese and bake for ten minutes longer.
- Remove from the oven and serve with garlic bread and a side salad.
Try these other dinner ideas:
Sundried Tomato Chicken Roll Ups
Zesty Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
Savita @ ChefDeHome says
ooo…. yumm!! I love baked pasta, and these chicken stuffed shells making me hungry!! delicious recipe, Renne!
Thank you Savita!! 🙂
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
Ohhh this looks delicious! Love that it’s freezer friendly to. Meal planning is a must to keep up with the craziness life throws our way!
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Thank you Julie! I’ve been getting a lot of “freezer friendly” inspiration lately!! 😉
Sarah@Whole and Heavenly Oven says
I love stuffed shells so much and I’m swooning over all the yum you packed into these little guys! My family would gobble this up at dinnertime! Adding this one to the menu. 🙂
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Thanks Sarah! I love quick and yummy meals that the whole family will love on weeknights!! 🙂
Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen says
Wow these sound SO delicious!!!
Thank you Lynn!! 🙂
Cookin Cnauck says
Oh my goodness…that’s exactly the same answer that I give to my kids! I figure I have no one to blame but myself for my kids’ obsession with food. These shells are gorgeous and would be a hit at my house!
That is so funny!! I guess I am the same way and can’t really blame my kids either!! Thanks so much! 🙂
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
This dish looks like the perfect weeknight meal, Renee! I love the sun dried tomato and spinach combo, sounds delicious! My husband would go nuts over these so I definitely have to try this out!
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Thank you Gayle. I am a big fan of sun dried tomatoes myself!!
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I can only imagine how much planning you have to do Renee! But you are doing pretty good! Love stuffed shells and these seem easy to make and very delicious! Need to make them 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks Mira! It can be a challenge sometimes but we all do the best we can right!! 🙂
Haha my three year old is already asking me what there is to eat all the time and I say the same thing to him too 🙂 Love these stuffed shells, they look incredible!
It’s funny how they ask it every. single. day. As if my answer is going to change right!! Thanks Kelly!! 🙂
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
the first question I get when my kids come from from school is “can I have a snack?” 🙂 I love that you use rotisserie chicken. . I do the same thing for weeknight meals . . love these stuffed shells!!! delicious!
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HA!!! That is the second question they ask me every day Alice!! I guess I can’t really blame them for always thinking of food. Seeing as how I am the exact same way!! 😉
Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods says
My kids do the same and ask what’s for dinner, before we even leave the parking lot. I usually have no idea until it is time to make dinner. Haha Now, these look so delicious! I love stuffed shells, but haven’t made them in such a long time. I know everyone would love this meal. Pinning
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Thanks so much for the pin Cindy!! 🙂
Kathy @ Olives & Garlic says
I agree, planning ahead is final. This dish looks amazing and delicious. My daughter will love it.
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Allie | Baking a Moment says
Oh, yesssss! This has my name written all over it! So comforting and I am a sucker for anything with sun dried tomato. Pinning!
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Thanks for the pin Allie. I feel the same way about Sun Dried Tomatoes!! 🙂
Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says
I totally pinned this. I can’t wait to make this for dinner!
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Thanks so much for the pin Jocelyn!! 🙂
Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says
Seriously Renee? These need to be in my life! So, when are you coming to make them over? No worries, I’ll wait. 🙂
Melissa @ Bits of Umami says
These look delicious! I love that you used rotisserie chicken 🙂