Crock Pot Turkey Spinach Stuffed Shells a meal no one can resist!
Crock Pot Turkey Spinach Stuffed Shells, stuffed shells haven’t been easier. Jumbo Shells stuffed with ricotta, spinach, ground turkey and Italian herbs all made into one delicious cheesy meal your family will love!
As I sit here writing this post, all I can think about are the pictures I have laying on my desk.
Ultrasound pictures of the sweet baby I have growing in my belly. Today I had an ultrasound. But not just any ultrasound. THE ultrasound. The one that tells you whether it’s a girl or a boy.
When we were pregnant with Cason we found out right away in the ultrasound room. They didn’t have gender reveal parties back then, it wasn’t even a thing yet. But now it is and I really wanted to experience the excitement with everyone else. So…. I took the envelope from the ultrasound technician and ran it over to a friends house so she could plan the gender reveal party we’ll be having later today.
In like 3 hours to be exact. Eeeek… ya’ll I seriously cannot wait. The suspense is killing me. It took all I had not to hold that envelope up to the light to try and take sneak peak. But I resisted. I held strong. 🙂 hehehehe
So forgive me if I seem a little distracted while I’m writing. I’ll try to focus on the key components right now, namely the food.
Did ya’ll know that you can make them in the crock pot? And did you know how stinkin easy it is! You literally throw the shells in raw. No cooking. The crock pot does everything for you! It’s amazing!
I saw a picture on the hamilton beach instagram account a few weeks ago and I made sure to put it on my list of things to try and boy am I glad. The recipe is a game changer.
Not only does it make a ton of food, basically enough to feed an army of hungry kids after a long day of school. But it’s super easy to make. Once all the shells are stuffed, you press start and viola 3-4 hours later you have a delicious pasta dinner that will be devoured in seconds.
Now, just to give you a heads up. When I made mine, not all the shells stay in true “shell form” but honestly I didn’t care. The flavors were banging so who cares what it looks like. I had mine in the crock pot for 3 hours, so if you really want them to stay in shells then maybe cook them for 2 1/2 hours. Up to you!
Either way just be sure you make this recipe. Or at least pin it so that it’s on your list of things to make for the school year. You can’t get easier than this dish.
It’s loaded with spinach, italian spices, delicious marinara sauce and of course CHEESE! What more could you need? Honestly! It’s a dinner dream come true and I know you’re kiddos will be begging for this one to be on repeat… because my family is! Oh heavenly cheesy goodness!
Bon Appetit ya’ll!
- 28 jumbo shells
- 2 jars of marinara sauce
- 1 tablespoon grape seed oil
- 1 cup diced red onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1½ cups ricotta cheese
- 1 tablespoon dry oregano
- 1 tablespoon dry basil
- 1 tablespoon dry parsley
- ½ tablespoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 cups fresh diced spinach
- ¾ cup mozzarella cheese
- diced parsley for garnish
- Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add grape seed oil and diced onions. Cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic to the pan and saute for 30 seconds.
- Next add in the ground turkey. Cook turkey until no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Add in the fresh spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 1-2 minutes.
- In a large bowl add ricotta cheese, turkey spinach mixture, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir to combine everything.
- Stuff each shell with spinach turkey ricotta mixture.
- Add 3 cups of marinara sauce to the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Place 14 stuffed shells on top of the sauce. Spoon 1½ cups of marinara sauce over shells.
- Top with remaining stuffed shells and finish with the rest of the sauce.
- Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 until shells are cooked.
- When shells are cooked sprinkle mozzarella cheese over shells. Wait 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Garnish with parsley.
IF YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE, BE SURE TO SNAP A PIC AND HASHTAG IT #JOYFULHEALTHYEATS. I LOVE SEEING WHAT YOU MAKE!
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