Seafood Stuffed Shells

5 Jun

I saw a recipe for seafood stuffed shells with a creamy (read high fat) sauce that looked really good.  So I decided to try to make a better for me version.  Here is what you’ll need:

Jumbo Shells
1/2 onion
16 oz crab (I used canned that I found in the refrigerated seafood section of the store)
10 oz small shrimp
15 oz part-skim ricotta
1/4 cup egg beaters (or 2 egg whites)
1 cup mozzarella (divided in half)
Italian seasoning (about 2 tsp)
2 cups marinara
2 Tbsp fat-free half & half

First I started the water to boil so I could cook the shells while I did the rest of the prep.

I chopped up the onion using the chopper.  I wanted it very small for this recipe.

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I added in crab, shrimp, ricotta, egg, 1/2 cup mozzarella and the Italian seasoning.

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The shells were done at this point, be careful not to overcook them, they just need to be flexible enough to stuff.

I also mixed the marinara with the half & half.  I used jarred sauce this time, but I do like to make my own, there was just no time for that today!  I put about a half cup of that in the bottom of a baking dish and started to stuff the shells.  I lined the shells in the baking dish and covered them with the rest of the marinara.

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I covered them with foil and baked them at 350 for about 30 minutes.  After that, I removed the foil, sprinkled the rest of the mozzarella on top and baked them for another 15 minutes.

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Overall this turned out really well.  I’d make some changes if I did this again though.  I’d dice the onion normally and saute them before mixing everything together.  Also, I’d leave out the half & half.  I thought it would go better with the seafood mixture, but honestly, plain old red sauce would be fine.  It does taste good though!

4 shells has about 400 calories and 8 grams of fat.  Not too bad for a cheesy pasta dish!

I do a similar recipe with chicken and spinach if you aren’t a seafood person.  I shredded chicken mixed it with the spinach, ricotta, mozzarella, egg and seasoning.  I just used a regular red sauce for that and it was really good.  Get creative!

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