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1000 Cooper St
Memphis, TN, 38104

Welcome to the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market! We're small but we're like family. You can find us in the parking lot of First Congo every Saturday morning 8am-1pm. Come browse our market for a locally-sourced selection of fresh produce, grass-fed meat, homegrown herbs, warm baked goods, all-natural soaps, fresh-cut flowers, hot coffee and live acoustic music. We are family, kid, and dog-friendly. Visit us this weekend!

Swiss Chard & Mushroom Stuffed Shells


Swiss Chard & Mushroom Stuffed Shells

Sandy Watson


• 6 ounces jumbo pasta shells (half of a 12-ounce box)
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 large bunch Swiss chard, stems removed, cut into ribbons
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 6 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
• 15 ounces ricotta
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, divided
• 1-1/2 cups half-and-half
• 1/2 pound fontina cheese, grated
• 8 ounces part skim mozzarella, divided
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
• 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
• Balsamic glaze, optional


1. Cook pasta shells according to package directions; drain and set aside to cool.

2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Oil 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish and set aside.

3. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; add chard, onion and mushrooms, and sauté for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to bowl of food processor. Add ricotta and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, and process until combined. (You want it to be a bit chunky but mixed well.)

4. Spoon chard mixture into cooked and cooled shells. Line shells up, touching, in prepared dish, and set aside.

5. In saucepan, heat the half-and-half over medium heat. Add fontina and half the mozzarella, and heat until melted and smooth. Stir in nutmeg, pepper and remaining sea salt. Pour sauce evenly over stuffed shells. Top with remaining mozzarella and cherry tomatoes.

6. Cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for an additional 20 minutes, or until mozzarella is melted.

7. Sprinkle with basil and a swirl of balsamic glaze, if desired, just before serving.

Serve with a salad and possibly a crudite. Follow the meal with a light dessert. Maybe chocolate covered strawberries to woo your sweet Valentine?!