Stuffed Shells

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Missy Wimpelberg

By
@MWimpelberg

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.

Rating:

★★★★☆ 3 votes

Comments:
Serves:
7-8
Prep:
25 Min
Cook:
30 Min

Ingredients

  • SPAGHETTI SAUCE

  • 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
  • MEAT STUFFING

  • 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

How to Make Stuffed Shells

Step-by-Step

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

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About Stuffed Shells

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Regional Style: Italian




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