Tuesday, October 23, 2012

{Try It Tuesday} Stuffed Pasta Shells

{Try It Tuesday} is my way of documenting my successes {and failures} of doing some of the millions 700+ pins that I have on Pinterest.  Right now, it's mostly recipes, but I'll be trying out some of the crafts, handy tips, and more that I've discovered too!

I've wanted to try this recipe since I pinned it.  But since I don't use pasta shells or ricotta much, I had to wait to buy the ingredients.  I changed the recipe slightly by adding spinach instead of chives and using fresh tomatoes instead of crushed tomatoes.

This recipe was enough for my family to eat for two dinners.  I froze half of them by placing them on a cookie sheet until they were frozen and then placing them together in a freezer bag.

The big question is...would I make them again?  Probably.  I loved them.  The kids barely touched them and the hubby wasn't feeling too good tonight, but he said that they were okay.  They could have been a bit more flavorful and I'll probably use jarred marinara sauce instead of the fresh tomato sauce next time.


Stuffed Pasta Shells
adapted from 101 Cookbooks

1 box pasta shells {25-30 shells}

Filling:
1 15oz container of ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped spinach leaves

Sauce:
5 large tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Quarter the tomatoes and roast in the oven for 30 minutes @ 375F.  Meanwhile, boil the pasta shells according the the package directions.

In a medium bowl, mix the filling ingredients. Drain the shells and allow to cool to the touch.  Scoop a tablespoon or so of filling into the shells.

Scoop half of the sauce in a casserole dish, covering the bottom.  Arrange the shells and top with the other half of the sauce.  Cover in foil and bake at 350F for 30 minutes.  Remove the foil, top with some mozzarella cheese and bake for another 15 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. It just went live a little early :) Thanks, Peggy. http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/10/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-5-linky-parties-are-back.html

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