Sunday, January 3, 2016

Stuffed pasta Shells

Stuffed pasta Shells

(serves 6)

18 jumbo pasta shells
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 oz. fresh baby spinach
24 oz. pasta sauce
1/2 C. whole milk ricotta cheese
1/4 C. small curd cottage cheese
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese
4 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

Bring a pot of water to a boil, add a good pinch of salt and the shells and cook according to pkg. directions. Drain, rinse to cool, and set aside.

Meanwhile, brown the ground beef in a skillet, drain the grease, stir in the onion and cook for 5-6 minutes till tender, stir in the garlic and spinach. Cook until spinach has wilted and add in all but 1 C. of the pasta sauce. Remove from heat.

In a bowl, stir together the ricotta, cottage cheese, egg and Parmesan cheese.

Spread the remaining cup of pasta sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish (I used individual serving size ones since I was freezing mine).

Take each shell and fill with 1 T. of the ricotta mixture, then a good spoonful of the meat mixture, place in the casserole dish, repeat with remaining shells. Top with the mozzarella cheese and bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly. 3 stuffed shells per serving.


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