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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Stuffed Shells

This is just my kind of recipe- easy to make and absolutely delicious! It whips up so fast, then bakes in the oven to give you some time to relax- with a cocktail perhaps! Whoops, it seems I'm on a rhyming kick!

Anyway, these shells are delicious, and feel free to play around with the recipe as much as you'd like- use different sauce or make your own, play around with the cheeses and the herbs, and you could even add veggies- there are tons of options with this dish!

Here's the sauce I used- obviously not homemade- use your favorite or make your own!

And here's the cheese/herb mixture- try not to just eat it with a spoon- it's delicious!

Here are the shells all stuffed with cheesy-goodness.

And here are the shells covered in sauce and all baked up- try putting cheese on top, or breadcrumbs for a different take!

Stuffed Shells
-25-30 jumbo pasta shells (about 1 lb.)
-15 oz. ricotta cheese
-1 egg
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1 cup grated mozzarella
-1/2 cup herbs, minced (I used basil and parsley)
-Sauce, homemade or not!
Grease a 9x13'' pan and pour in 1/3 of the sauce. If baking immediately, preheat oven to 350 F.
Boil the pasta until al-dente, and don't overdo it or they can rip during stuffing.
Mix up all ingredients except sauce and pasta, this will be your stuffing.
Once pasta has cooled enough to work with it, stuff each shell with the cheese mixture and place on top of the sauce in the pan. Repeat until there isn't any room left in the pan.
Top with the remaining sauce.
Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes covered with foil, then 15 minutes uncovered.

This recipe works great to make ahead and just bake before dinner!


Savor it!
love, rue

1 comment:

  1. This sounds so good to make on the weekends so I can eat quick dinners after work! I just made homemade summer veggie lasagna this weekend and am savoring it constantly...if you like zucchini / onions / mushrooms it is divine. I haven't figured out a good all-cheese equivalent though, and don't like cooking meat lasagna too much...hmm...