This recipe is so simple and yet flavorful and satisfying. I sometimes make my own homemade meat sauce, but when short on time, a favorite jarred sauce is delicious as well. It makes a pretty presentation, too!
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 minutes. Drain and cool immediately with cold water. You want them to be a little firm yet, for they will continue to cook in the sauce in the oven. Drain and place open side down on paper towels.
In large bowl, stir together ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, parsley, pepper, and eggs until completely combined.
Spread the spaghetti sauce evenly into a 9 x 13 baking pan. (When using jarred sauce instead of making my own, I always add 1/2 tsp. each of italian seasoning, dried oregano leaves, and garlic powder).
Stuff the shells with the cheese mixture and place in 4 x 6 rows on top of the spaghetti sauce in pan, leaving a little space between them. To make stuffing the pasta shells easier, I put my filling into a disposable pastry bag. If you don’t have a pastry bag, you can put it into a Ziploc bag and cut a corner off. Pipe cheese filling into shells.
Brush the tops with olive oil with a pastry blush. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
Cover loosely with foil and bake about 45 minutes or until hot and the cheese is set.
Let rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve with pesto sauce. Yields: 3 shells and 2 TBS. pesto sauce per person.