Hearty Stuffed Shells

Janet Crow

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@jcrow216

This is one of my families favorite pasta dishes. It is a great "make ahead" and freeze meal also by cooking in individual serving dishes. Each shell is filled with yummy goodness that is just delicious.


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Serves:

6

Prep:

25 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

18
jumbo pasts shells
1 lb
ground beef
1 small
onion, chopped
2
cloves garlic, 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

Directions Step-By-Step

1
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.
2
In a bowl, stir together the ricotta, cottage cheese, egg and parmesan cheese.
3
Spread the remaining cup of pasta sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish. 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.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian