Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Shells ~ healthy and easy make ahead meal for busy back to school season!

I cannot believe I am talking or even thinking about back to school already!  I know some of you are already a week or more into the new school year,  Michigan doesn’t go back until after Labor Day so I am trying to milk as much summer fun out of every day as I can!!  Today I am partnering with the ADA Mideast and a gaggle of other bloggers, we have put a Dairy Fuel for Back to School Recipe Exchange together to help you with preparing healthy dairylicous recipes for your families!

Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells is an easy meal to make ahead for busy after school evenings, it can be made up to 2 days in advance or you can make it and pop it in your freezer for further down the road.  Better yet if your family is smaller than mine, this recipe can be split in to two 4 serving meals, make one….freeze one!  Voila!

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Shells ~ healthy and easy make ahead meal for busy back to school season!After a busy day of work, school, and possibly sports I’m sure you want nothing more than a healthy hearty meal that won’t break the bank!  This recipe includes ricotta cheese, which is a cheese that is higher in calories but it also contains the most protein, calcium and minerals per half cup serving of any other cheese so pairing the ricotta with lean chicken breast, and fresh spinach definitely delivers a well-balanced healthy meal to your table!  My kiddos gobble this meal right up there is never any leftovers when I make this meal.


Just a few helpful tips on how to make Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells……

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Shells ~ healthy and easy make ahead meal for busy back to school season!I like to boil the jumbo shells in a shallow pan so that they spread out and don’t get clumped up on top of each other.  Notice I cooked the shells for only 5 minutes, the shells are easier to fill when they are still firm, also they will continue to cook in the oven.


Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Shells ~ healthy and easy make ahead meal for busy back to school season!If you have a pastry bag you can use that to fill your shells, but I think a large zip-loc bag works best!   Fill it up with the cheesy chicken filling, make sure it’s zipped, cut off a corner and pipe the filling into each pasta shell.  It’s really easy, and it doesn’t need to be perfect at all!  Ainslie, my oldest daughter did these for me!  When all your shells are filled just throw the bag away.


Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Shells ~ healthy and easy make ahead meal for busy back to school season!Spoon marinara sauce over the stuffed pasta shells, sprinkle with cheese, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for an additional 10.  That’s it!  I use a jarred marinara sauce making this recipe even easier!



Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Shells ~ healthy and easy make ahead meal for busy back to school season!Want to know more about why and how cheese is so good for you? You can find more information HERE.  Sometimes if we are super-duper busy, this is all that makes its way to the table, but usually I will serve Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells with roasted broccoli or a green salad  and of course bread.  We have a huge weakness for bread round these parts!!

Are your kiddos back in school?  How are you making sure everyone gets their 3 daily servings of dairy?  I know it’s not always easy, that’s why I like to sneak dairy into yummy recipes such as this.  I hope you give this recipe a try, I’m sure your family will love it!

Check out these great blogs for more Dairy Fuel for Back to School Recipes!!

You won’t want to miss the Fuel Up for Back to School TWITTER PARTY on August 20 9-10 PM EST, for more great recipes and moovulous inspiration on how to healthily feed your kiddos!! FOLLOW the hashtag #DairyFuel!! 

Thanks for stopping by! XO  Sheila



Disclaimer: Many thanks to ADA Mideast for sponsoring my healthy back to school meals post.  With amazing sponsors like the ADA Mideast I am able to keep my blog up and running.  As always all thoughts, ideas, and recipes are my own!    

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  1. 1

    So nice of you to make me dinner tonight!! Does 5pm work for pickup?

  2. 2

    I love your tip for how you cook the noodles in a shallow pan!
    Katrina @ In Katrina’s Kitchen recently posted..Cherry Limeade Frozen YogurtMy Profile

  3. 3

    What a great tip with the plastic bag! I always make a mess with stuffed shells!
    DessertForTwo recently posted..Comment on Lemon Aioli Chicken Salad with Pistachios by School Morning Quiche – Shugary SweetsMy Profile

    • 3.1
      Sheila :

      I used to use a spoon…yikes talk about a mess! Your chicken salad looks divine girl! I’m a sucker for a good chicken salad!

  4. 4

    I can’t believe back to school is almost here either! I’m holding on to every last minute of summer but am loving this for the back to school madness on the horizon!
    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon recently posted..Cheesy Apple Bacon Breakfast QuesadillasMy Profile

  5. 5

    These are downright delicious. I always have a bag of frozen stuffed shells in my freezer. Perfect to place in a pan, cover with sauce and bake.
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  6. 6

    I will never say no to a plate of carbs!! Love this!

  7. 7

    I need to have trays of these stored in my freezer. I think with three busy kids, they would come in handy!

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    Julia :

    Stuffed shells are my weakness! I love them and could eat way more than I should. These look great! Hope you survive the first few weeks back to school–I am sure you will be busy!
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      Sheila :

      Thanks Julia! We are making our lists and checking them twice for all our back to school “stuff”!

  9. 9

    YAY for more summer! I want to stuff my last few weeks with stuffed shells 🙂
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