Spinach has to be my favorite green, and I enjoy it cooked, pureed, raw, and even in smoothies. It is incredibly healthy, versatile, and delicious. It also happens to pair exceptionally well with one of my favorite cheeses, feta. Whenever possible I combine these two ingredients. Years ago, I came across shells and spinach in a local deli, but it was served cold and was crying out for feta cheese. I felt compelled to recreate the dish at home, and I am glad I did. My shells and spinach is served warm with feta cheese and olive oil, and the spinach is completely pureed, which eliminates any sliminess that could occur. It is really a tasty combination. I have been making it steadily since then. In fact, it is one of my favorite go-to dishes for my little ones. Such a great way to get more greens in my family’s diet. It also freezes well and is a great way to have a healthy meal ready when you are in a rush. I almost always have this in my freezer. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do!
- 8 to 9 oz. fresh spinach
- 1 lb. package shells pasta (the bite-sized ones)
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ lb. feta cheese (add more for a cheesier dish)
#1 This makes great homemade frozen food. Freeze in portions in a freezer safe container (I prefer to not mix in the feta before freezing). Remove from the freezer, defrost, and add a little olive oil and feta cheese and enjoy!
#2 If you find spinach on sale or have a bunch coming out of your garden, go ahead and cook and puree it (according to recipe) and freeze it in freezer safe containers. Remove when you want to make shells and spinach and just defrost and toss with the pasta.