I love a good baked stuffed shell casserole, but the problem is, ever since we cut out processed food (and switched to 100% whole-grain), I cannot seem to find jumbo whole-wheat shells! I’ve looked at multiple stores and online to the point where I was working way too hard to find one ingredient—and I did not want to order a pack of 12. So, I was thrilled when I was recently scrolling through Facebook and saw a cooking video (by Skinnytaste—thanks for the idea!) that was basically using lasagna noodles to create a stuffed “shell” for some yummy filling—a great solution.
So, today I’m excited to share a recipe I originally wanted to make with stuffed shells (haha) but instead used lasagna noodles as a perfectly good substitute! It’s sort of a combination of my two favorite lasagna recipes, classic and spinach. I simply boiled the noodles, then wrapped them around a spoonful of the filling, and layered them in the baking dish with sauce on the top and bottom. It was easy peasy!
My whole family scarfed this down, and my 6th grader was even asking for the leftovers for breakfast the next day LOL. She’s funny like that—I cannot do savory leftovers first thing in the morning, but she loves it! I also packed some in her lunch cold, and she said it was great (and the lunch box came home empty)! So, this recipe is a “win” in my book, and I love how it’s a fun, simple twist on something so classic. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!