Hearty Stuffed Shells

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Janet Crow

By
@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.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
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

How to Make Hearty Stuffed Shells

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.

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About Hearty Stuffed Shells

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



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