Thursday, November 17, 2011

Italian Stuffed Shells

Okay, so I did something a little out of the ordinary tonight.  I usually reserve my more time-consuming meals for the weekends, but I had time tonight to spend in the kitchen!  So...I prepared one of my mom's best Italian dishes!!  This one takes about 30 minutes to prep and about an hour to bake, so it's a lot more work than I would normally suggest on a weeknight.  However, it is well worth the trouble!

Ingredients:
24 jumbo pasta shells (about 2/3 of a 12 oz. box of shells)
15 oz. carton of ricotta cheese
2 cups grated mozzerella cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp.  Italian seasoning
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 26 oz. can of your favorite spaghetti sauce with 1/2 cup water

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Boil pasta shells for 5 minutes.  Drain and rinse in cold water.
3. Place spaghetti sauce and 1/2 cup water in medium saucepan.  Heat on low.
4.  Combine the three cheeses, Italian seasoning, and beaten eggs.  Mix well.
5.  Pour a thin layer (approx. 1 cup) of sauce into the bottom of a 13X9X2 baking dish.

5.  Stuff each shell with cheese filling.  Place stuffed shells on top of sauce.
6.  Top shells with remaining sauce.
7.  Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.  Uncover and sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese if desired.  Bake for five more minutes and serve hot!

1 comment:

  1. ewwww that looks SO delicious. can't wait to try!

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