Pesto and Kale Stuffed Shells

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Step 1.

Heat your oven to 180°C/354°F.

Step 2.

Finely slice your garlic.

Step 3.

Heat a little olive oil in a small saucepan and add your garlic. Cook over a gentle heat for 2 mins until fragrant.

Step 4.

Tip in your chopped tomatoes and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for 30 mins over a medium heat until your sauce has reduced. Add your crème fraîche, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 5.

Whilst your sauce cooks, finely chop your kale, discarding any tough stalks. Add a little olive oil to a sauté pan set over a medium heat. Add your kale with a pinch of salt, then fry for 5 mins until wilted. Allow to cool slightly.

Step 6.

Transfer your kale to a bowl and add your ricotta, Sacla' Basil Pesto and the zest from your lemon. Give it a good mix, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 7.

Cook your pasta shells according to packet instructions. Allow to cool slightly.

Step 8.

Stuff your pesto and kale mixture into the shells.

Step 9.

Pour your tomato sauce into a baking dish and nestle your stuffed shells into it. Tear over your mozzarella ball and evenly distribute it over the surface of your shells. Bake your dish in the oven for 25 mins.

Step 10.

Spoon your pasta onto plates and serve.

Lots of leafy greens would work in the place of kale. Spinach, chard or cavolo nero would also be delicious here.

2 Cloves of Garlic
800g Chopped Tomatoes
75g Crème Fraîche
200g Whole Leaf Kale
250g Ricotta
1 Lemon
80g Sacla' Basil Pesto
250g Conchiglioni
150g Mozzarella Ball
Olive Oil