Artichoke and Spinach Stuffed Shells


1 package frozen spinach – chopped and thawed
1 cup frozen artichokes – thawed
12 pasta shells – jumbo, uncooked
1 cup ricotta cheese, part skim milk
2 tablespoons basil – chopped
1 tablespoon parsley – chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup nonfat sour cream
2 cans stewed tomatoes – undrained and chopped
8 ounces tomato sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 tablespoons basil – chopped vegetable cooking spray basil sprigs – optional

How to prepare

Cook spinach and artichoke hearts according to package directions,
omitting salt; drain well. Chop artichoke hearts, and set aside. Cook shells according to package and set separately on a piece of wax
paper. Position knife blade in food processor bowl; add spinach, ricotta
cheese, and next 4 ingredients. Process 30 seconds or until smooth.
Transfer to a bowl; stir in choped artichokes and sour cream.

Combine stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, cornstarch, and 1-1/2 tablespons basil in a
saucepan; stir well. Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring frequently. Spoon 1 cup tomato mixture in botton of an 1 x 7 x 1/2-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Spoon spinach mixture evenly into shells. Place shells on sauce in baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce on top of the shells. Bake uncovered at 350x for 30 minutes or until bubbling. Garnish with basil sprigs, if desired.

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