Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Stuffed Shells

Pasta is my first love. Any kind will do. My sister in law made us some stuffed shells for dinner last year and ever since then I have added them to our regular menu. My kids also love, love, love them. They would eat the whole pan all by themselves if I let them, but I make them share!

Stuffed Shells
Serves 8

1 pkg. jumbo pasta shells
1 lb. ground beef
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
2 tsp basil, divided
1/2 tsp. oregano
2-3 Tbsp. sugar
1 15 oz. tub ricotta cheese
1 5 oz. tub grated parmesan
2 c. shredded mozarella
2 eggs
salt TT
pepper TT

Cook jumbo shells according to pkg. directions, adding salt to boiling water.
Mix ricotta, mozarella, 1/2 of the parmesan, eggs, salt, pepper and 1 tsp basil together in a bowl. Set aside.
Brown meat (remember to always season meats with onion powder, garlic powder and pepper). Drain. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, 1 tsp basil and oregano. Bring to a boil. Let simmer covered until ready to assemble shells.
Place a layer of sauce down in a 9x13 pan. Spoon 1 tsp cheese mixture into cooked, cooled shells and place in pan. Repeat until all cheese mixture is gone. If you have any extra shells just throw them on top too.:) Cover shells in sauce and finish with parmesan on top.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
Serve with a salad, garlic bread and corn. 

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