Thursday, February 7, 2019

Italian Stuffed Shells

Italian Stuffed Shells: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

Oh my are these shells delicious! I ate four of them and had to stop myself from eating more. I had so much trouble restraining myself from the delicious creamy ricotta filling and the flavorful homemade sauce.

Italian Stuffed Shells

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 beef bullion cubes
  • 12 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 24 jumbo pasta shells, cooked and drained

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook the sausage, onion and garlic, crumbling the sausage as it cooks, until it is completely cooked. Drain any fat from the skillet.
  2. While the sausage cooks, add the bouillon cubes to the boiling water and stir until the cubes dissolve.
  3. Once the sausage is cooked add in the bouillon, tomato paste and oregano. Stir to mix well.
  4. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  5. While the sauce cooks, cook the pasta shells according to the package directions, using the lowest cook time and drain well.
  6. While the shells are cooking, in a medium bowl, combine the egg, ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese, Mix well.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350ยบ F. Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  8. Once the shells are done, fill each shell with some of the cheese mixture and place into the prepared baking dish.
  9. Pour the meat sauce over the shells.
  10. Cover the baking dish and bake for 10 minutes.
  11. Uncover the baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  12. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Enjoy!!!

Notes:
I used a combination of spicy and sweet Italian sausage.

I cooked up about 4 extra noodles, just incase any where to break while cooking.


Nutrition Facts

Servings: 8

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 626

Total Fat

29.9g

Saturated Fat

14.4g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0.2g

Monounsaturated Fat

2.1g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

107.8mg

Sodium

1078mg

Potassium

177.3mg

Total Carbohydrates

57.6g

Dietary Fiber

5.4g

Sugars

8.6g

Protein

35.5g

Vitamin A 25.9% Vitamin C 28.4%

Calcium 44.1% Iron 19%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from Taste of Home.

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