Italian Cheese Stuffed Shells & Easy Meatballs

Linsey Ballard

By
@LinseyAnn

This is my Husbands Favorite meal! It takes some time to make but is well worth the wait and work!


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Serves:

pasta shells-12, meatballs serves 6 but can be doubled

Prep:

1 Hr

Cook:

1 Hr

Ingredients

24
uncooked jumbo pasta shells
1 c
chopped fresh mushrooms
1 c
finely chopped onion
1 tsp
plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
1 1/2 c
ricotta cheese
1 pkg
(8 ounces) cream cheese, softened, divided
1 1/2 c
shredded asiago cheese, divided
1 c
shredded parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp
minced fresh parsley, divided
1/2 tsp
garlic salt
1/4 tsp
pepper
2 Tbsp
all-purpose flour
2 c
heavy whipping cream
1/2 c
chicken broth
1/2 c
milk
2 c
shredded romano cheese
1 1/2 c
shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

SAUCE AND MEATBALLS

1 lb
ground beef chuck
1 small
onion
5 clove
garlic chopped
1/2 c
rice cereal crumbs, divided
1/2 c
milk
1 large
egg
6 Tbsp
chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided
salt to taste
1 Tbsp
extra-virgin olive oil
2 jar(s)
marinara sauce

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in 1 tablespoon butter until tender.
2
In a large bowl, beat ricotta and 4 ounces cream cheese until blended. Stir in 1/2 cup Asiago cheese, Parmesan cheese,1 tablespoon parsley, garlic salt,pepper and mushroom mixture. Spoon into shells; place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
3
In a large saucepan, melt remaining butter. Wisk in flour until smooth; gradually add the cream, broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and Wisk for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
4
Stir in Romano cheese and the remaining cream cheese, Asiago and parsley,wisk untl smooth and melty. Pour over shells. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly.
5
In a large bowl, combine the beef, onion,1 clove of chopped garlic, cereal crumbs, milk, egg, 2 tablespoons parsley and 1 teaspoon salt; shape into eight 2-in. balls.
6
In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add 2nd chopped garlic clove and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the marinara sauce and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Submerge the meatballs in the sauce; bring to a simmer and cook, covered and stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until done. Season with about 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
7
serve together with garlic bread...enjoy :)!!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
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