Saturday, July 9, 2011

Stuffed shells with broccoli and gruyere

One of my favorite dinner dishes is lasagna. But, unfortunately, I have yet to find a lower fat recipe that was worth eating.

So, last night, I went with my second favorite dinner - stuffed shells.

Stuffed shells with broccoli and Gruyere.
I decided to try and make a version of stuffed shells that would reduce the fat content (the cheese) and would also increase the amount of vegetables.

I boiled some large shells for 6 minutes in salted water.

Unfortunately, my last piece of the 'striped hat' pasta did not survive the boiling.

For the filling I combined:

1 cup of steamed broccoli, chopped fine
2 Tbsp. of bread crumbs
1/4 cup of shredded Gruyere cheese
1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. of dried basil
1/4 tsp. of dried oregano
1/4 tsp. of dried parsley
1 egg
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of ground black pepper
1 tsp. of roasted red bell pepper, chopped fine

1 1/2 Tbsp. of the filling went into each shell.

A small amount of spaghetti sauce went into the bottom of an oven safe dish.

I placed the stuffed shells seam side down into the sauce.

More sauce went on top.
I covered the dish with tinfoil and put it into a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, I removed the foil and let it continue to cook for another 5 - 10 minutes.

These turned out amazing! The inside had just enough cheese to punch up the flavor and the egg and breadcrumbs added a croquette-like texture to the filling.

Anytime you are craving stuffed shells but you don't want all that cheese this is a great option.


  1. These sound great!!! I'll have to give them a try. Let me know if you ever find a good low fat lasagna recipe lol. I love it to and wish it wasn't such a heavy dish.

  2. oh my! I am drooling! These look INCREDIBLE!

  3. I still have some stuffed shell pasta on my shelf. This recipe does look like it would satisfy my italian craving. Italian does not always have to be laden with pounds of cheese to be good and I am sure this recipe proves that point. thanks for sharing.