Sunday, October 5, 2014

Jumbo Stuff Shells

I love Italian food.  Rich and decadent with tender pastas and lot of cheesy goodness,  One of my favorite Italian dishes to make is this one.  I took a short cut this time and decided not to make my own sauce as I do in most of my pasta dishes and it made it so quick and easy to make.  You can make your own sauce, or use your own favorite pasta sauce,  I use Ragu Chunky Tomato, Onion and Garlic because of it's wonderful blend of spices and it's rich texture.  I like it better than my homemade sauce for this dish.


Jumbo Stuff Shells

1 (8 oz.) box Jumbo Pasta Shells (or about 15 uncooked shells)
2 Tablespoons Star Fine Foods Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 (15 oz) container of whole milk Ricotta Cheese
3 cups mozzarella cheese, grated and divided...

1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1 large egg
2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped (or 2 tsp dried)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Salt And Pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons onion, Chopped
4 cloves garlic, Minced
1 (26 oz) jar of Ragu Chunky Tomato, Onion, Garlic Sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta shells for only half the cooking time as called for on the package. Drain and rinse in cold water and set aside.

Heat Star Olive Oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté for a minute or two. Pour in tomato sauce and simmer while making your filling for your shells.

In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, the Parmesan, 1½ cups of the mozzarella, egg, salt, pepper, and basil. Stir well until all ingredients are combined. Then spoon the cheese mixture into the half cooked and firm pasta shells. Spread ¾ of the spaghetti sauce mixture on the bottom of a 13×9 inch baking dish and lay your stuffed shells on top. Top with remaining sauce and cover with remaining mozzarella cheese.

Cover with non-stick foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for about 10 more minutes or until cheese has melted and sauce is hot and bubbly.

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1 comment :

  1. Oh my goodness! Ragu Chunky Tomato, Garlic and Onion is my favorite!!!!