Ratatouille Stuffed Shells with Sauteed Spinach & Vodka Sauce

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Ratatouille Stuffed Shells with Sauteed Spinach & Vodka Sauce
Serves 4
I enjoy preparing this dish as a 1st course or as a delicious entree for Lent or for my vegetarian friends. You may substitute an alternative sauce such as Palomino, Alfredo or any other meatless pasta sauce.
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Ingredients
  1. 12 Large Pasta Shells
  2. 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  3. 1/2 cup Sweet Onion, diced 1/2"
  4. 1 Tbsp. Garlic, chopped
  5. 1 cup Eggplant, diced 1/2"
  6. 1/4 cup Yellow Squash, diced 1/2"
  7. 1/4 cup Zucchini, diced 1/2"
  8. 1/2 cup Grape Tomatoes, cut in halves
  9. 1/4 tsp. Dry Oregano
  10. 1/4 tsp. Dry Basil
  11. 3 cups (divided) Salvaggio's Vodka Sauce
  12. To Taste Salt & Pepper
  13. 1/2 cup Smoked Gouda Cheese, chopped
  14. 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  15. 1 bag Baby Spinach Leaves (10 oz.)
  16. 1 Tbsp. Garlic, chopped
  17. 1/2 cup Sweet Onion, sliced
  18. 1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
  19. To Taste Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta shells in (gently) boiling salted water until al dente. Rinse in cold water and drain off all water.
  2. In a medium-hot non-stick skillet, add olive oil and saute onion and garlic one minute.
  3. Add remaining vegetables and herbs and saute until all are tender and then add 1/2 cup Salvaggio's Vodka Sauce.
  4. Simmer 3 minutes and season with salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Chill this mixture then stir in the Smoked Gouda Cheese.
  6. Stuff pasta shells and nest together in an appropriate size, oven proof baking dish.
  7. Top with 1 cup Salvaggio's Vodka Sauce and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and bake at 375 degrees F for approximately 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated through.
  8. While stuffed shells are in the oven, in a separate non-stick saute pan over medium high heat, saute garlic, onions and bell pepper in olive oil until tender, then add baby spinach and sweat down until the spinach leaves are limp. Season with salt & pepper.
  9. To serve, divide spinach mixture into 4 servings and top with 3 shells each. Heat remaining Salvaggio's Vodka Sauce and nap over the top of the shells.
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