Spanakopita Stuffed Shells

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on January 31, 2013



Please tell me you’ve had spanakopita before!  Ricotta cheese, feta cheese and spinach, usually all wrapped up in phyllo pastry.  How can you go wrong?


Apparently that was how I thought as a kid because that was all I ordered every time we went out for Greek food when I was a kid.  How boring was I as a kid?  Wait, who am I kidding, I’m still pretty boring 😀


I did score some not-boring points when I served this for dinner last night though.  The hubby even took the leftovers for lunch today.  Is it weird that that is how I determine if a dish is successful or not?  Then again, that’s only one way to judge a meals successfulness and certainly not my only way, but in this case I’ll take it.


If you’ve noticed, I’ve started putting nutrition info on the recipes I’ve posted recently.  I hope you’ll forgive me for not adding any nutrition info to this one.  I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know 🙂  Although with low fat cheeses I’m sure it wouldn’t be too bad… But I’ll leave it up to you if you want to figure it out.


Speaking of nutrition, I was frustrated that I couldn’t find whole grain shells at our local grocery store.  Do you have them where you live?  We do live in a small town, so I don’t really know if they just aren’t common, or if they just aren’t here.  I’ll have to look when I go shopping elsewhere, but for now, these were a delicious once-in-a-while meal.


I ended up using the very last of my homemade marinara sauce from last summer on this.  I cooked down 30 pounds of tomatoes into (I think) 5 quarts of thick, amazing tomatoey sauce that I added the remnants of my herb garden into as well.  Have I mentioned that I cannot wait for summer?  I used up my last of that amazing sauce!  Summer can’t come fast enough.


Oh, and now I remember where I was going with that tangent… If you’re whipping up your own sauce to go on top you could give it a bit of a Greek flare with some Greek seasoning or just plenty of oregano.  I think that would be awesome 🙂


Spanakopita Stuffed Shells
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Course: Entree
Servings: 6
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 2 250 g or 8.9oz package jumbo shells whole grain if you can find them, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 454 g container ricotta cheese approx. 2 C
  • 1/2 of a 400g container of feta cheese crumbled(approx. 3/4 C)
  • 1 tbsp butter or oil
  • 155 g or 5.5oz fresh baby spinach roughly chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • A generous pinch of ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 C marinara sauce or one large jar
  1. Cook the pasta shells according to the directions found on the package and then drain, run under cold water, and drain again.
  2. While the shells are cooking, stir together the ricotta cheese and feta. In a skillet, heat the butter or oil and very lightly saute the spinach just until it wilts, 1-2 minutes over medium heat. Stir the spinach into the cheese. Add the eggs and stir well. Add the nutmeg, and season with salt and pepper and stir well.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 pan by spreading just enough tomato sauce to cover the bottom of the pan.
  4. Begin stuffing the shells by holding them open in one hand and adding a spoonful of filling. Place shells close together in the prepared pan, repeating with the rest until all the shells are stuffed. Pour the remaining marinara sauce over top.
  5. Place the stuffed shells in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until the sauce is bubbly. Remove from the oven and serve immediately with Parmesan cheese for topping.

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1 Susan August 31, 2013 at 14:16

This recipe sounds nice. I love the idea of the spanakopita in pasta shells. Not sure, though, about the marinara and parmesan.

I think I’ve seen small shells in whole wheat in our local grocery, but not the big ones. It’s not just a problem of living in a small town. Our big town (675,000 people) doesn’t have that kind of thing either. I’d probably have to travel several hundred miles to find a store that carries those – although, now that I think about it, Walmart might have them, and we do have multiple Walmarts. Walmart tends to be more cosmopolitan in some ways than Albertsons (never thought I’d hear myself saying that!).


2 David Crichton April 1, 2013 at 14:53

I keep meaning to make a spanakopita, just keep forgetting. My favourite pasta dishes are those made with the giant shells, so guess my spanakopita is going to happen after all.

Great dish.



3 Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche March 25, 2013 at 11:06

Oh yuuuum! I love spanakopita, I love pasta – what could possibly be bad about this 😀

(I’m really boring at Greek restaurants too, I allllways order veggie moussaka – it’s TOO good. Though spanakopita does always really tempt me!)


4 heather February 6, 2013 at 06:50

I can’t wait for summer either – I still have 5 quarts of sauce left from the Summer, canning is a lot of work but so worth it! I love your version of shells, what a great idea!


5 Holiday Baker Man February 4, 2013 at 11:52

Oh Yum!


6 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies February 1, 2013 at 12:10

I was just thinking yesterday that I should work on a stuffed shells recipe! Using spanakopita filling in them is such a fun idea. 🙂 And yes, I can never find big whole wheat shells either! The little ones, yes, but not the big ones. Someone needs to start making them!


7 Megan @ Megan's Miles February 1, 2013 at 11:13

I am currently obsessed with cheese, so these sound extra delicious! Definitely making these next week — thanks for the recipe!


8 Erin @ Texanerin Baking February 1, 2013 at 10:16

These aren’t boring at all! They look amazing. And spanakopita is new to me. Sounds good… if you can’t taste the spinach. 😉

And whole wheat shells? Ha. Don’t think those exist anywhere. But oh well. We all deserve some stuffed shells now and then, don’t we?


9 Holiday Baker Man February 1, 2013 at 08:26

Great recipe!


10 Kathryn February 1, 2013 at 07:06

This sounds really lovely, such great flavours!


11 Ari @ Ari's Menu January 31, 2013 at 20:37

I’ve never had spanakopita before, but now I feel like I need to. And also these shells–they look soooo cheesy and delicious! I’ve never found whole wheat shells, which is probably why I’ve never made stuffed shells. Maybe amazon?


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