Besides spaghetti with shrimp scampi, this stuffed shells recipe was another early success in my apartment kitchen. We were newly married with limited funds and in withdrawal from our parents’ ample cable packages. I often referred to the Food Network online for recipes, having missed that channel the most.
Soon we discovered Lidia’s Italy, America’s Test Kitchen and Martha’s Every Day Food on PBS. And then I found food blogs and was set for life.
This recipe is adapted from Giada de Laurentiis and while I’d made it quite a few times early in our married life, it’s sadly been missing these days. This dish brings back the best memories. We laugh about the time we made instant ramen in our All Clad pot that was a generous gift from my in-laws.
This recipe is perfect for having people over or for bringing to a friend’s house. Add a salad and maybe some garlic bread for a real treat. I thought the original recipe could use some greens and we love it even more with the spinach.
Who needs cable with up-close shots of cheesy goodness?