My kids love Italian food, so I decided I would make Stuffed Pasta Shells. The ingredients in this recipe are pretty much the same ingredients that would be used in most manicotti or lasagne recipes.
I use a jar sauce because it makes preparing this dish so easy. We like many jar sauces and that is one of the ways that I make an Italian dish different from other Italian dishes that I make, I just use a different brand or variety of sauce.
I used a half pound of lean ground beef and a half pound of Italian bulk sausage, but you could easily use all ground beef or all sausage. You could also make it meat free by using spinach instead of the meat. I make a meatless manicotti, and it is yummy, but for this recipe I wanted to use some beef and sausage to make it different.
These are the ingredients you will need.
These are the shells, ready to go into the oven.
Stuffed Pasta Shells
||1 hours, 15 minutes|
This is a wonderful Italian dish made with jar sauce, ground beef, Italian sausage, and cheese.
- 1/2lb lean ground beef
- 1/2lb bulk Italian sausage
- 1 clove garlic,minced
- 1 egg
- 1 Container ricotta cheese (15 ounces)
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 28-30 jumbo pasta shells
- 1 jar pasta sauce (24 ounces)
- Cooking spray
||Cook pasta 2 minutes less than package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. |
||While the pasta cooks brown ground beef and sausage in a medium skillet. When the meat is almost finished add the garlic. |
||Preheat oven to 375°. Spray a 9" X 13" baking dish with cooking spray and put enough pasta sauce in the bottom of the dish so that it covers the surface. |
||Combine the meat mixture, egg, ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stuff shells and place them in a single layer into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil. |
||Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and add remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and cook for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. |