This is a really good off board friend of mine. He joined a year ago but this is his first post. What a good one, too! Nothing wrong with this recipe at all, and he's got the amounts and directions down good. :-)
Here's what I did: I wanted to use the whole box of shells so I upped the ricotta to 16oz, used 12oz of mozzarella, grated and 6oz of Parmesan, grated. I used just under 9oz of fresh baby spinach.
I piped the filling into the shells for ease and speed.
I also had fresh tomatoes to use, so I diced two large ones in place of the canned.
I used about 4 cups of my own sauce(a little more).
The only thing I omitted was the oil cus... ummm... I forgot... :-/ ... and I used raw sugar instead of brown.
Because I made more, I used a larger pan but the recipe as written prolly fits perfectly in a 9X13.
I fed 6 greedy appetites with garlic, garlic bread(a rustic loaf with whole cloves baked in AND topped with garlic butter/herbs and baked again) and small mixed green salads.
I've used fresh with pasta many times, but always just in the filling... I've never used it to layer like this. It didn't really take much more time, I didn't think...a few minutes is all. You're right, it was worth it. I liked that whole layer of spinach :-)
I texted him today and just told him one of the "toughest" regulars on GR reviewed his recipe.
I think I made him a lil nervous cus I didn't tell him it was a good review, til he asked. That omission wasn't intentional, but it did make me smile when I got a reply "wow. Well, was it as least a good one??"
Glad you tried it, dear sir, and glad it came out to spec as written, too. I hope you and Mother had a wonderful day, today! :-)