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I've been making this recipe for years. It uses cream cheese instead of the usual ricotta. It is delicious. It's my go-to recipe when I go to gatherings or to take to someone who is ill or just had a baby. ( I just leave the instructions on how to bake it and pack along some garlic bread and salad). The original recipe uses 3 pounds of meat and makes a lot of shells. I cut it down to be enough for our family. But, you can double or triple it for large get-togethers.
Total Time: 45 minutes to make the shells, 1 hour to bake.
Yield: About 17 or 18 shells
Source: Food Network recipe "Northern Italian Pasta Shell Stuffing"
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare your pasta shells, bring water to a boil, then add pasta shells cook for about 15 minutes, til just before they are soft.
Prepare your cheese filling. Beat eggs in a bowl and add all of your cheeses and spices. Mix well.
Using a tablespoon, stuff your shells with the cheese mixture Using a casserole dish cover bottom lightly with some spaghetti sauce. Place your filled shells in the bottom of the casserole dish. (I use 2 casserole dishes). Cover your filled shells with spaghetti sauce. Bake for 45 minutes.
By Jodi from Aurora, CO
Stuffed pasta shells are a warm, hearty meal that is great for the winter.
My daughter loves stuffed shells, so we decided to make our own. We also made our sauce.
Cook pasta shells according to package directions. Drain shells; rinse with cold water and drain well. Set shells aside.
This is just about our very favorite low calorie dish. I have modified it a bit from one I got from Healthy Choice cookbook. Mix low fat cottage cheese, no fat mozzarella, basil, garlic and optional beef.
Brown hamburger, onions, and spaghetti mix. Mix in cottage cheese and beans. Boil macaroni and rinse in cold water. Stuff shells and arrange in baking dish and pour spaghetti sauce over all.
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