Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Stuffed Pasta Shells

Here's a twist on stuffed shells that I had never seen before.  The meat and cheese is mixed together along with the sauce before stuffing.  It was like eating lasagna but only in a shell!  Easy to put together and this recipe makes enough for 2 people to have about 6 meals!  I froze some and we had leftovers one night. 

Recipe Source:  BH&G September 2011

The Fisherman was a fan of the shells!

Stuffed Shells Serves: 6-8 Calories: 537 Prep Time to Table: 50 minutes

Recipe : BH&G Sept 2011
-12 oz. dried jumbo pasta shells
-3 T olive oil
-1 ½ lb lean ground beef
 -2 cloves minced garlic
-2 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
-15 oz. whole ricotta cheese
-1 ½ cup parmesan or romano cheese

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 15x10x1-inch baking sheet and a 3-quart oval or rectangular baking dish.
2. Bring a large pot of water, with 1 tablespoon salt added, to boiling. Add pasta shells and cook just until slightly tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain pasta and spread in a single layer on baking sheet to prevent them from sticking together.
3. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Add beef and 1 clove of garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 6 to 8 minutes, until no pink remains in beef. Transfer to a bowl; set aside.
4. For tomato sauce, in a second skillet over low heat combine remaining olive oil, remaining garlic, and undrained tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Bring sauce to a simmer over low heat; cook for 15 to 20 minutes until thickened somewhat.
5. Stir 1 1/2 cups of tomato sauce into cooled ground beef, then add ricotta and 2/3 cup of the Parmigiano; stir until combined.
6. Spoon 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce into prepared baking dish. Fill each pasta shell with about 1 tablespoon meat and cheese mixture. Arrange shells in prepared baking dish. Spoon remaining tomato sauce over shells, then sprinkle remaining 2/3 cup cheese.
7. Bake about 30 minutes, until filling is heated through and top is golden brown.


1 comment:

  1. I've done that .... it's a good idea. Unless, you don't like meat much ... like me :(


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