Monday, February 21, 2011

Stuffed Shells

The only thing better than pasta? Cheesy, rich baked pasta! Try this great recipe for Stuffed Shells and see for yourself.

Serves: 6

Cooking Time: 1 hr 5 min

  • 1 (12-ounce) package jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 (32-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) jar pasta sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9" x 13" baking dish with cooking spray. Cook shells according to package directions; drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, the eggs, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper; mix well.
  3. Spread 1 cup spaghetti sauce evenly over bottom of prepared baking dish. Spoon ricotta mixture into a pastry tube or large resealable plastic storage bag with a corner snipped off. Squeeze about 1 tablespoon cheese mixture into each shell; place filled shells in baking dish.
  4. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over filled shells, cover with aluminum foil, and bake 40 minutes.
  5. Remove foil from dish, and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Bake 10 to 12 more minutes, or until shells are heated through and cheese is golden and bubbling. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.
Billie C.

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