Stuffed Shells

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Serves: 7-8
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1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 clove garlic, minced
1 can(s) tomato sauce (29 ounces)
3/4 c water
3/4 c dry red wine (if you do not want to use wine, you can sub for water)
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 medium onion, chopped finely
2 clove garlic, minced
1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, (10 ounces), if you do not have frozen you can use fresh spinach, you will just need to saute it first)
3/4 c parmesan cheese, divided
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 box pasta shells (i used the ones that once cooked hold about 1/2 - 3/4 inside)
3/4 c mozzarella cheese, shredded

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Missy Wimpelberg Recipe
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Franklin, TN (pop. 62,487)
Member Since Oct 2010
Missy's notes for this recipe:
This is a filling dish. This was orginally a stuffed manicotti recipe, however I made a few adjustments, and then stuffed shells. You can use this recipe for stuffed shells or stuffed manicotti. My family loved this, it goes great with a salad and garlic bread. Or great to take to a potluck or office party.
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In a large saucepan, saute onion and green pepper in olive oil until tender. Add garlic; cook for abount 1 minute. Stir in remaining ingredients; and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for about an hour, stirring occationally. Uncover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until thickened.
While that is cooking, for the stuffing; brown the beef and onion in a skillet. Then add garlic; and cook for another minute. Drain and cool slightly.
Squeeze spinach to remove excess water; add to skillet with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, eggs oregano, salt & pepper. Mix well. The sauce makes about 4 cups, you will only need about 2 1/2-3 cups for this recipe. You can save the reaminder for another recipe (you can also freeze for a starter sauce).
You will take some of the sauce, a cup or so and into a 13 8 9 baking dish. Stuff the shells with the meat filling, arrange over the sauce. Pour another 1 1/2-2 cups of sauce over the stuffed shells. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and the remaining Parmesan cheese.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

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user Doreen Fish dfish - Feb 15, 2011
Looks good Missy...thank you!!
user Wendy Rusch snooksk9 - Feb 15, 2011
mmmmmmm I love stuffed shells!
user Missy Wimpelberg MWimpelberg - Mar 15, 2011
And these are very yummy and easy to make:) Thank you.
user Missy Wimpelberg MWimpelberg - Apr 28, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
user Kimi Gaines kimijo - Aug 1, 2011
looks so yummy...I have the shells waiting for this great looking dish!!

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