Italian Stuffed Shells

    55 minutes

    This is a skinny version of Italian stuffed shells with ground chicken, reduced fat cheese, and spices baked in the oven to perfection.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 140g jumbo pasta shells
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 450g ground boneless, skinless chicken breast
    • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/2 cup chicken broth
    • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
    • 2 tablespoons light cream cheese
    • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/4 white onion, diced
    • 1 tablespoon crumbled goat cheese
    • 1 spreadable cheese wedge
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:5min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add shells and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite about 9 minutes. Drain.
    2. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken with oregano, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, onion, goat cheese, cheese wedge, and garlic. Bring to a simmer and cook until well combined, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
    3. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C.
    4. Pour 3 to 4 spoonfuls of the chicken mixture into the bottom of a baking dish to prevent the shells from sliding. Stuff remaining chicken mixture into shells and set in the baking dish with the stuffed side up. Sprinkle top of shells with mozzarella cheese.
    5. Bake shells in the preheated oven until mozzarella cheese is melted, about 20 minutes.

    Cook's Note:

    Bulk up mixture by adding mushrooms and/or other vegetables. If there is any leftover mixture after all the shells are stuffed, add extra chicken broth and/or water to remaining mixture. Bring to simmer in a pot and pour over stuffed shells before baking.

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