Stuffed shells

I’m a sucker for easy pasta dishes for weeknight dinners and Stuffed Shells is one of my favorites. There is just something so homey, cozy, and comforting about stuffed shells. All that cheesy goodness tucked inside pasta shells and baked to perfection in a tasty marinara meat sauce. Toss together a nice salad and serve with some dinner rolls or garlic bread and you are good to go! Enjoy this simple recipe.


Ingredients


  • 12 oz jumbo pasta shells

  • 1 tbsp kosher salt

  • 6 oz Parmesan cheese grated

  • 1 egg

  • 1 to 2 garlic clove minced

  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley minced

  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves finely chopped (about 8 to 10 leaves)

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

  • 1 jar of marinara sauce

  • 1 jar of prego sauce * I prefer one that has herbs added*

  • 1 small can of tomato paste

  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese grated

  • ground Turkey or ground beef (whichever you prefer)

  • natures seasoning



Instructions


  • Preheat oven to 350F.

  • Season and brown your ground turkey or beef until it's cooked to your liking. Add sauce ( Season sauce to your liking. I add a pinch or two of sugar to kill the bitter taste. lol Yes, sugar belongs in spaghetti sauce DEBATE ME LOL)

  • Spread majority of your meat sauce on the bottom of the dish. Set aside.

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta shells and cook pasta shells until 3 minutes shy of al dente - according to the package directions. *** You want the shells a bit firm. So do not cook them well done. They will finish cooking in the oven.***

  • Drain pasta shells and rinse with cool water. Set aside.

  • In a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, garlic, parsley, basil, salt and pepper.

  • Spoon mixture into shells and place shells in baking dish, nestling them in the sauce.

  • Cover shells with remaining sauce and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.

  • Bake for 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve immediately.




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