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

Step-By-Step

1Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in 1 tablespoon butter until tender.

2In 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.

3In 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.

4Stir 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.

5In 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.

6In 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

7serve together with garlic bread...enjoy :)!!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
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