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Cremini and Chard Stuffed Shells Recipe

Cremini and Chard Stuffed Shells
It’s always good to try to improve and be a better person and whatnot, but I think when you reach your 30s, you start to give up on that a little bit and accept that in some areas, you’re just always going to fall short. And that’s okay! Sometimes giving up is liberating. Like on a Saturday, when you’re like, “I’m not going out today; I’m wearing sweatpants!” Those are the best days, aren’t they? So now, instead of intending to be better about the whole Christmas thing every year and then failing, I’m okay with admitting that I am the worst at Christmas. There, I said it! I forget to send Christmas cards, I go shopping at the last minute, we don’t even decorate. I do have a pine-scented candle that I like to light, though. It smells like the holidays all up in here!
So I’m going to admit to you now, December is not going to be all holiday recipes all the time on my blog. But this Cremini and Chard Stuffed Shells recipe is kind of a holiday recipe. Chris’s family usually has stuffed shells for Christmas. So there you go! Vegetarian stuffed shells are usually stuffed with either cheese alone or cheese and spinach, but I thought chard, mushrooms, and cheese would be a good way to switch things up. And it was! Adding veggies makes the cheese filling feel a bit less rich and mushrooms make everything delicious. While these make a great vegetarian option for holiday meals, they’re still perfect for a weeknight dinner too. And bonus: they freeze well!

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Cremini and Chard Stuffed Shells

Cremini and Chard Stuffed Shells Recipe

Vegetarian stuffed shells filled with ricotta cheese, cremini mushrooms, and Swiss chard.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 bunch (about 8 ounces) Swiss chard, stems discarded and leaves coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce, divided
  • 16 jumbo pasta shells, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบF.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook for about 4 minutes, until softened and lightly browned. Stir in the chard and heat until wilted, 1-2 minutes more. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the mushrooms and chard to a large bowl; discard any leftover liquid. Stir in the ricotta, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Taste the filling and add more salt and pepper if desired, then fold in the egg.
  4. Spread 3/4 cup of marinara sauce on the bottom of a medium baking dish that’s been sprayed with an oil mister (or cooking spray if you don’t have a mister). Fill the pasta shells with the ricotta mixture and place them in the baking dish. Once all the shells are filled, spoon the remaining marinara sauce over the top, then sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.
  5. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes; remove the foil and bake for 15 minutes more, or until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling. Let the shells sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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63 Comments

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    December 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Ha ha!! Kats and Kardashians ๐Ÿ™‚ UUmmm, so this recipe is going on my menu list. I need this comfort food in my belly!

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      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Yay! I hope you like them if you make them!

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    Syu
    December 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Sounds and looks delicious! But I believe parmesan cheese is made with rennet, and therefore isn’t vegetarian. :/

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    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate
    December 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Pinned! These look so good!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Thanks for the pin!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    December 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

    i still cant believe its their Christmas card. On a side note, I will always take different variation of stuffed shells ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Me too–I can never say no to stuffed shells!

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    Lilli
    December 9, 2013 at 11:13 am

    So the shells get cooked completely before they are stuffed and baked yeah?

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Yes, they are cooked according to the package instructions. Different brands may have slightly different cooking times.

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    dishing up the dirt
    December 9, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I’m horrible at the holidays. Honestly, I hate the pressure of gifts, cards, and all that nonsense. I’d rather cook than go holiday shopping any day. These stuffed shells sound amazing!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      I feel the same way! I would love to just opt out of the whole gift thing altogether–it’s so much pressure!

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    December 9, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I love the holidays but do all my holiday cooking/baking generally the week before so otherwise it’s dinner as usual ๐Ÿ™‚ Love these stuffed shells – I have to say, stuffed shells are my absolute favourite vegetarian dinner (followed a close second by spanakopita).

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      I always think that I’ll make dough in advance and then bake it right before Christmas. But it usually ends up with me, frantically making dough and baking for 15 hours straight the day before Christmas Eve.

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    Mandy
    December 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    It’s a stressful time of the year, so I may be losing my mind, but for the past week or so I haven’t been able to find the hadny-dandy Pinterest button on or near your recipes.

    Is it just me or did it poof for everyone?

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      I’m sorry! There’s a Pinterest button at the bottom of all of my posts now. The old one that I had stopped working and I’m still trying to find a good substitute. I’m going to be adding the buttons that appear when you mouseover images soon, so hopefully that will make things a little more convenient!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog
    December 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I’m a softy when it comes to stuffed shells. If I’m not careful, I could eat the entire pan by myself. I love that you filled these with ‘shrooms and chard. Psht, I always have good intentions on supply friends and family with homemade gifts each year, but I always end up failing. I said “no” to myself this year. Love your photoshop skills.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      I do the same thing with the homemade gifts every year. The same thing! I still have all of the supplies for last year’s failed gifts sitting in a cabinet somewhere…

  • Reply
    Kathryn
    December 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Cats + Kardashians = totally epic.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      I am easily amused.

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    Nichole | Green Cuisine Queen
    December 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    My mouth is watering! I don’t like when shells or calzones or any other italian-stuffed dinner is stuffed with only cheese. The mushrooms I’m sure give it more texture and you could even stuff more veggies in there! Yum!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      I feel the same way! Calzones can just be TOO much if they’re all cheese, no veggies.

  • Reply
    Grace @ Earthy Feast
    December 9, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Kiersten, you’re the coolest! I love your Kardashian Kitty Christmas Card! The stuffed shells look pretty awesome too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      I know that by “coolest,” you meant “saddest.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    December 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    We always have stuffed shells at Christmas too! These looks all kinds of amazing. I think it’s perfectly acceptable to be bad at Christmas when you’re an incredible cook. That totally makes up for it!

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      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      That’s so funny–I guess they must be a Christmas thing then? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Joanne
    December 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I am not great at Christmas either, though I find that I’m either really motivated or really not motivated. Currently in the latter category. We always have lasagna on Christmas, which isnt’ really a far cry from stuffed shells! Might be worth mixing it up this year.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Lasagna is definitely a good Christmas dinner! My family is usually all about casseroles, but now that half of my family went vegan in the past year, I have no idea what this Christmas will be like…

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    December 9, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    I too enjoy good stuffed shells! The cheesy chard filling looks divine, Kiersten.

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    Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    December 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    That picture is hilarious. Hi-lar-ious! SOOOOO funny! My favorite is the one laying on little Mason. It looks like the cat knocked him over!

    I love stuffed shells – but only do the traditional cheese stuffed. Loving the chard and mushrooms addition – I’ve done spinach and mushrooms in lasagna, why not in shells!?! You’re so smart!!!

    I apparently have totally given up at 34 years old – there are just some days during the week (and some Saturdays!) that yoga pants are acceptable to me. Even if I have to run errands. I know, I hang my head in shame. But I’ve admitted it โ€ฆ and that’s the first step, right??

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      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Yeah, I put my cat Frida on top of Khloe there–ha! And spinach is so good in stuffed shells. Definitely throw some greens in your next batch! ๐Ÿ˜€

      PS – Yoga pants are okay because there’s always that question in people’s minds–“Is she lazy? Or is she going to go workout?” People don’t know! It could be either! It’s when you start wearing pajama pants all day that you have to worry.

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    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes
    December 10, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Ha! Your cat placement is even more fabulous than I thought! This was literally the last thing I saw before falling asleep; surprised I didn’t have cat dreams. This dish looks SO delicious especially the stuffed shells…:) yum!

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      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      I still wish I could have figured out a way to replace the Kardashians with cats! Well, I replaced Khloe at least, so there’s that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ
    December 10, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I can’t find words to tell you how inspiration your blog is for me! This is a must try recipe, shame on me I haven’t cooked shell pasta before!

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      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Aw, thank you! And you should definitely make stuffed shells–I think my mom made them a few times a month when I was growing up! They’re a classic. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    December 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Oh I’m absolutely adding mushrooms the next time I make stuffed shells – brilliant!

  • Reply
    Genevieve
    December 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I feel like I’m actually doing pretty good with Christmas stuff this year – I’m making good progress on my shopping and decorated…I do feel behind in coming up with Christmas recipes and baking though! Pasta may seem like an non-traditional Christmas meal at first, but at least the red, white and green colors are festive!

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      Kiersten
      December 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Yeah, as soon as Christmas is over, it seems like the blog world is all Christmas, all the time! It can make you feel pretty inadequate! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir
    December 11, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I’m totally slacking on Christmas this year. Some (er…all of my) shopping is in store for this weekend. I love the holiday spirit of this time of year, but I haven’t even made Christmas cookies yet! Eeeek.

    This looks divine. I love anything stuffed with mushrooms and greens!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      I’m still debating about whether I’m going to do the cookie thing this year. On the one hand: COOKIES! On the other hand: it’s so much work.

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    Shaina
    December 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Stuffed shells have long been a favorite of mine, one that I make far too infrequently. I love the cremini mushrooms and chard in this version.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      I think I make them maybe once or twice a year–not nearly enough!

  • Reply
    Mushrooms Canada
    December 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I can NOT wait to try this version of one of my all-time favourite dishes!! Crimini mushrooms add such great texture and flavour to a meal. Thanks for sharing!!

    -Shannon

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Stuffed shells are one of my favorites too!

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    Jeanette |Jeanette's Healthy Living
    December 11, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I have to say I haven’t even stepped into a store yet – just been internet shopping, so much faster and easier. Love this vegetarian stuffed shell recipe – Swiss chard is a veggie I get lots of during the summer, but not so much in the winter, although I’m not sure why that is other than the fact that my CSA share stops in October. Wising you a low-key no-fuss Holiday!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      What did we do before internet shopping?! I try to do that as much as possible too. Although sometimes I wait too long and have no choice but braving the stores on Christmas Eve. :/

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    [email protected]
    December 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    kiersten, i could die a happy woman after eating this. so cozy!

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