Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

*Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells*
Serves 6

Deliciously filling.  This is real comfort food.

2 cups of marinara sauce, divided
butter
2 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 (10 ounce) package of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 large egg yolk
1 fat clove of garlic, peeled and minced
24 cooked jumbo pasta shells
an additional 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter a 13 by 9 inch baking dish.  Set aside.

Combine the ricotta cheese, Parmesan, onion powder, oregano, salt, pepper, spinach, egg yolk and garlic in a bowl.  Mix well together.

Spoon 1/2 cup of the Marinara sauce into the baking dish, covering the bottom.  Divide the filling amongst the pasta shells, filling each.  Arrange the stuffed shells in the baking dish.  Drizzle the remaining marinara sauce over top and sprinkle with the additional Parmesan cheese.  Cover and bake for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 5 minutes longer.  Serve hot with some garlic bread and a tasty salad on the side!
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