I'm in bed all day today and thought I would do something worthwhile, so I am catching up on here. I have lots of yummy dishes and tasty treats to post from December. The first is Stuffed Jumbo Shells. These were really good. I liked them more than my husband, but I'm such a pasta lover that was no surprise. My kids loved them, especially when I told them there was a cheesy surprise inside the shells. Then they were intent on opening up the shells and making sure to eat all the surprise. ;) I ate them for leftovers 3 days in a row and still didn't get sick of them. They were quite easy to make also.
Stuffed Jumbo Shells
- 28 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 1 (28 ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes, well drained
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 cups small curd cottage cheese or ricotta
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
- Cook pasta shells according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon oregano and basil. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the eggs, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, seasoned salt and remaining oregano. Drain pasta shells; cool slightly. Stuff with cheese mixture.
- Spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce into a large baking dish; arrange shells over sauce in a single layer. Pour remaining meat sauce over the shells. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes.