One of my most requested meals. Yum!
1 lb ground beef or turkey (I use turkey most of the
1/2 medium onion diced
3-4 cloves diced garlic
6 oz can tomato
16 oz tomato sauce ~ you can use 2 small or 1 large can
1 can diced
tomatoes ~ I used petite cut
12 oz water
3 t Italian Seasoning
1 t Oregano
2 bay leaves
1 t Cayenne pepper or 1/2 C of your
favorite salsa if you want it to be spicy
Brown meat with onions and
garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If you're usually turkey, put 1 t
Italian Seasoning in with the meat. Throw in rest of ingredients and simmer on
low for a little over an hour. Remove bay leaves. You can leave meat out if you
want to make these vegetarian.
Bring a large pot of salted water to
boil. Dump in a box of Large Shells and cook for about 8-10 minutes. You don't
want them to firm but you DON'T want them cooked either or your end result will
be a bit mushy. Drain shells and cool.
1 beaten Egg
oz container Ricotta Cheese ~ I use low fat
1 C shredded
1/2 C Fresh grated Parmesan ~ you can use the stuff in the
green can, I just don't
1/2 t Salt
1 t Pepper
1 t Garlic Powder
t Cayenne Pepper
1 t Italian Seasoning
You can be done here OR you can add
1 C chopped fresh Spinach or 1 C defrosted, drained and squeezed of all liquid
Spray 13x9 pan with cooking spray. Put a ladle to two ladles of
meat sauce in the bottom of the pan, you don't want too much, just a thin layer
of sauce. Take a shell and put a spoonful of cheese mixture inside. It can be
coming out a little bit. Put sideways or face up, doesn't matter, just be
consistent and don't do open face down or you'll lose all your filling in the
cooking process. Keep filling up your shells until the pan is full. I usually
have a few shells left over. Top with sauce, don't be shy, make sure the shells
are covered. Top with 1 C of mozzarella and 1/2 C fresh Parmesan. Put in 350
degree oven for 1 hour. Serve. If you want, these can be made ahead, just take
them out of the fridge for about an hour before baking and adjust cooking time
for about another 30 minutes.
Mix ricotta with a beaten egg.
Mix in your salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian
seasoning and cayenne.
Handful of fresh spinach.
Chop your spinach.
Mix in your spinach.
Next mix in your mozzarella and parmesan.
Put some sauce down in your sprayed pan.
Here is what the Shell box looks like. You will
cook these in salted boiling water 8-10 minutes
Give the shell a squeeze to open.
Stuff your shell.
We're going to pretend this is a 13x9 because that
is what I usually make. This time I made two smaller pans and passed one on to a
friend for dinner.
Top with sauce.
Top with cheese.
Dinner is served!