Baked conchiglie stuffed with spinach and ricotta

Baked conchiglie stuffed with spinach and ricotta

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • 25 minutes, plus chilling time
  • 30 minutes


  • 250 g conchiglie pasta
  • 1½ T olive oil
  • 2 t garlic, minced
  • 400 g spinach leaves
  • 250 g ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup mozzarella, grated (or pulled burrata)
  • ½ cup Parmesan, grated, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 1 T fresh basil, finely chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Woolworths tomato purée
  • breadcrumbs, for sprinkling

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
3. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, then add the garlic and sauté until lightly browned.
4. Add the spinach and cook for 3–4 minutes, or until the leaves begin to wilt. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
5. Mix the spinach, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, egg, basil, salt and pepper until combined.
6. Spread the tomato purée into an ovenproof dish. Fill each pasta shell with a generous amount of the spinach-and-ricotta mixture and place into the dish.
7. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and Parmesan and bake, covered with foil, for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for a further 10 minutes until golden brown.
8. Serve warm with a dusting of Parmesan.

Photograph: Sadiqah Assur
Recipes: Jacquline Burgess
Food assistant: Claire van Rooyen

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Jacqueline Burgess Recipe by: Jacqueline Burgess
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Food stylist Jacqueline Burgess has been working with TASTE for the past six years. She loves coming up with wholesome recipes – whether low and slow or fast 'n fresh.

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    Prinitha Dowlath
    July 27, 2023

    Would this recipe work without the egg? Or is there a suitable substitute for the egg for someone who is allergic to it?

    1. Annzra Denita
      August 2, 2023

      Hi there, according to the recipe developer, you can just omit the egg. Just helps combine and give more flavour, but not necessary. Hope that helps! Annzra Denita Naidoo – Digital Editor