Tuesday, February 1, 2011

super duper easy great rachael ray 'baked shells casserole'

Here's a fab Italian meal to add to your rotation!  best part- super easy.
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, divided
  • 1 small to medium onion, finely chopped, divided
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped or grated
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound medium or large shell pasta (not extra-large stuffing shells)
  • 2 boxes frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and wrung dry in clean towel
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, about 1/4 teaspoon
  • 2 cups fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus some to pass at table
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten 
  • 1 large jar marinara sauce plus 3/4 c chicken stock

Bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt water and cook pasta 10 minutes.
While pasta water comes to a boil, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO in a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and sauté to soften, 5 minutes. Add spinach, pulling it apart and chopping and separating it as you add it to pan. Stir to combine well and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Turn off heat.
Drain undercooked pasta and return it to the hot pot. Add spinach mixture to pot along with ricotta and grated Parm. Stir to combine, adjust salt and pepper then add eggs and stir.
Pour a thin layer of marinara sauce into the bottom of a casserole dish. Fill dish with pasta then top with another thin layer of red sauce. Save remaining sauce to pass at table. Bake 30 minutes until bubbly.
Serve casserole directly from casserole dish, passing extra sauce and cheese at the table.


Renae said...

that sounds yummy! -and it sounds easy, my kind of food.

Michelle said...

Oooooohhh! I haven't watched Rachel Ray forever! That sound so delish. I'm a little leery about the nutmeg, but - I do believe I'm going to give it a whirl! Thanks!

Annie O said...

sounds good, looks good, but where are pix of the kids! That's what I want to see. Hey, happy b-day Ikester!

mrs. m said...

The Sisters are coming over for dinner tonight-I am so making this for them! Thanks!

Renae said...

I made it tonight, but forgot to add chicken stock. When do you add that in? Could you add chicken?