Rinotta Shells in a bed of sauce and greens

Rinotta Stuffed Shells

Rinotta Shells in a bed of sauce and greens
Rinotta Shells in a bed of sauce and greens

My Mom used to make stuffed shells a lot when I was growing up.  The standard ricotta, mozzarella, eggs, garlic and spices filled the shells. There wasn’t anything about this dish that I didn’t love.  I have been making a great “rinotta” cheeze lately that I have used in lasagna which is great, but when I stumbled across brown rice pasta large shells the other day…I couldn’t wait to make these!

Joy erupts - at the new Hy-Vee in Overland Park, KS when I spot these!
Joy erupts – at the new Hy-Vee in Overland Park, KS when I spot these!

Recipe:

The Rinotta Cheeze

  • 2 – 15 oz. cans Cannellini Beans (white kidney) – drained
  • 1 package firm tofu (the refrigerated -in the little plastic tub kind not mori-nu)
  • 4 cloves of garlic or a tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1-2 tablespoon of Italian seasonings (basil, oregano etc. – season to taste)

The rest…

  • 3 – 25oz. jars no oil low sodium tomato sauce (we like Eden Organics Crushed Tomatoes with Sweet Basil)
  • 1 – bag (5oz. fresh) baby spinach or other greens – you could also use frozen
  • 2 – boxes large brown rice shells (these do NOT get cooked before being filled)
  • 3/4 cup of water

In a food processor blend until smooth: beans, tofu, garlic and spices. Taste your rinotta. Need more garlic? Not enough basil? add more. Taste again. Repeat until you are happy with your creation.  Cover the bottom of a glass pan (I used a a 13×9) with crushed tomatoes about 3/4″ deep.  Add a layer of spinach. Fill the uncooked shells with the rinotta mixture using a small spoon.  Place the shells in the pan until full.  Add another layer of crushed tomatoes over the shells.  Carefully pour the 3/4 cup of water around the outside edges of the pan.  This helps the shells bake to perfection.  Top the shells with some extra Italian spices. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 425 for 35-40 minutes until the liquid is boiling and the shells are al dente.

Rinotta Cheeze!
Rinotta Cheeze!
Layer in your spinach
Layer in your spinach
Shells!
Shells!
Ta Da!
Ta Da!

I would love to show you a photo of what it looks like plated…but it looked so good and we had company over…and I forgot to get a snapshot before we ate it!  It’s a marvelous dish, you can customize it any way you like.  Add green peppers or kale, onions etc.  We had the shells with a big herb mix salad with red sweet peppers.  This is truly one of the best things I’ve created in the past year. :) – Enjoy!

14 thoughts on “Rinotta Stuffed Shells”

  1. HOORAY!! I have been waiting for the day they make these in shells! I too love making pasta dishes that are gf and vegan and miss that little noodle! BTW your recipe looks delish!

  2. Ami- Where did you find the pasta? I should have probably looked for that before buying all the other ingredients because now I can’t find the shells! Will have to make lasagna I suppose…

    1. I found them at Hy-vee in the health market. I had never seen them before. If your store carries the brand, you can ask for them to order the grand shells.

  3. Made this last night, left the recipe at work had to do by what i could remember i added a few more things for flavor, but this is awsome. So glad you shared. I’m not a big tofu user but I loved the fact it was mixed with the whte kidney beans. Will be making this again. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I had to order the shells online, but I’ll have all the ingredients tonight for this creation! Amazon carries these shells. I have been looking forward to making this for over a week.. you have NO idea. :)

  5. Wow this looks incredible! I copied it onto my desktop and am going to try this soon! Mmmmm! Thanks for the great riNotta recipe. :)

  6. Ami… I do have a question about recipe. If I cook this dish in a 9×13 pan… All that I have that is bigger is a rimmed cookie sheet pan. So you are saying to put the 3/4 cup water in the cookie sheet pan? And then place the 9×13 in the middle of the larger pan with water? Hope I am not confusing you… Lol. Thank you!!!

    1. nope – you want to pour the water around the inside edges of the pan that the shells are in – to help soften the shells – but trying to avoid pouring the water into the rinotta.

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