Ginger Snap Crafts: Romantic & Easy Valentine’s Day Dinner Idea ~ Stuffed Pasta Shells with a Tres Leches Dessert {recipe} #Valentines4All

Romantic & Easy Valentine’s Day Dinner Idea ~ Stuffed Pasta Shells with a Tres Leches Dessert {recipe} #Valentines4All

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Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! (Actually it’s only ONE month from today!) Today I’d love to share an easy, yummy & inexpensive romantic meal idea for Valentine’s Day. You’ll also have plenty of left overs to feed the kiddos, too. haha! ;) The ingredients for this meal are easy to find at your local Walmart ~ Buitoni Pasta Sauce, Nestlé Tres Leches baking kit, pasta, spinach & a few other easy to find ingredients. So keep reading to see how I made this easy Stuffed Pasta Shell main dish. Then I’ll show you how to put together an easy Tres Leches dessert that will be the perfectly sweet ending to your dinner! ;)

Romantic & Easy Valentine dinner idea ~ stuffed pasta shells & tres leches dessert #CBias #shop #Valentines4All

Stuffed Shell Pasta Dish

You will need:

Buitoni Marinara Sauce 15 oz. (2)
1 box Jumbo Shells (12 oz.)
1 1/2 boxes frozen chopped spinach, thawed (9 oz. box)
small curd cottage cheese tub (24 oz.)
2 eggs
3 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
1 cup cooked lean ground beef or sausage, drained

Buitoni Pasta Sauce #shop #cbias

First you’ll cook your pasta shells in boiling water according to the directions on the box. Meanwhile you’ll mix the cottage cheese, spinach, eggs, meat & 1 cup of cheese in a separate bowl. Stir well. Once your pasta is done rinse & then stuff the shells with the spinach mixture.

stuffed shell pasta dish with Buittoni Pasta Sauce #shop

Then pour the Buitoni marinara pasta sauce over the top of the stuffed shells.

buitoni pasta sauce from Nestle #shop

Then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the pasta & sauce. 

#shop pasta bake

Bake in a 350° oven for about 30 minutes or until heated thoroughly & cheese has melted. This recipe will make enough for two pans! So freeze one or pop it in the fridge & cook it for the kiddos when they get back from the babysitters! haha! My kiddos LOVE this meal. It’s a great way to get some green spinach in your kiddos, too! ;) You can print out a printer friendly version of this recipe HERE. I usually serve this meal with some garlic rolls & a veggie. Your sweetheart will love it! You’ll love how easy it was to put together. ;)

dinner #shop

For dessert I was able to try out this brand new Nestlé La Lechera Tres Leche Cake Kit. We tried a similar kit back in December when we made some yummy cheesecake bites. I loved how easy that recipe was to put together. So I was excited to try this baking kit out, too. :)

#shop #cbias easy cake recipe Nestle La Lechera

The directions are super easy to follow. You bake the cake, then let it cool for 5 minutes. Then you’ll poke holes in the cake with a fork all over the place. ;) Then you’ll pour a mixture of whole milk, evaporated milk & sweetened condensed milk over the top of the cake. Pour slowly & let it soak into the cake really well. Cover & refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

easy cake recipe for Valentines Day #shop

You can get creative with your toppings ~ fruit, icing, whip cream, etc. We decided on a layer of whip cream.

cake #shop dinner recipe

Then I sprinkled the top with crushed chocolate & toffee. Yummy! :)

cake #recipe #shop #cbias

I don’t know if you have ever tried cake & milk before. My mom would always make pound cake when we were little, & then we would slice it & put in a big cup of cold milk. We would eat it with a spoon. We loved it! This is what this cake reminds me of a little bit. It was delicious. ;)

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What do you usually do for Valentine’s Day?
Have you ever tried a romantic meal at home?
I’d love to hear. :)

Romantic & Easy Valentine dinner idea ~ stuffed pasta shells & tres leches dessert #CBias #shop #Valentines4All

PS If you have trouble finding the Buitoni pasta sauce at Walmart ~
look in the cold section over by the produce department. :)

buitoni pasta sauce at Walmart #shop

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This project & post were created for Ginger Snap Crafts by Ginger Bowie.


  1. Sounds delicious!!! Can't wait to try it!!

  2. Very nice! I am coming to dinner on Valentine's Day! :) #client

  3. What a perfect meal for V-day!!! Nice job! Who doesn't love pasta and a decadent dessert? YUM! #client


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