August 18, 2015

Stuffed Shells

Stuffed shells anyone?  These are very delicious, and this is a recipe you can make for a weekday meal.  

When I make a recipe, I want to be able to find the ingredients at Kroger, where I typically do my grocery shopping, and I don't want to have to buy a lot of different ingredients, and I want to be able to make something that is "family" friendly.  By that I mean something that everyone will eat.

 I do admire beautiful, complicated recipes, and think I would love to make that,  but when I see a long list of ingredients which equals lots of $$ at the store and lots of time spent in the kitchen, I usually admire it and ooh and ahh over it, and forget about it.  I like simple, delicious recipes.  And as much as I love to cook, I don't love to spend the entire evening in the kitchen.

  Years ago, when I was a young wife and mother, a dear friend of mine told me her daughter made a pasta dish where she stuffed jumbo shells.  What jumbo shells?  I was intrigued by the idea.  My absolute favorite food is pasta.

My dad's family is Italian, and we always had pasta at every family holiday dinner.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinner were never complete without a wonderful pasta dish, which was oftentimes spaghetti or rigatoni, two of my grandmother's specialities.

When I visited my cousins, it seemed there was always a pasta dish at the ready.

But stuffed shells was never one of them.

Fast forward to when I was a young wife and mother, this one was added to my favorite pasta dishes. Yum!

If you want a dish that is delicious and you can do for a week night dinner or that is perfect for  a potluck, I suggest you give this one a try.  I promise, you won't be disappointed!

Stuffed Shells

1/2 box of jumbo shells
1/2 pound ground chuck
1/2 pound ground breakfast sausage
1 jar of Marinara Sauce
1 1/3 cups of cottage cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 8-ounce package of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg
4 tablespoons of parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Prepare shells according to directions on package.

Brown ground chuck and sausage together in a skillet until done.  Pour in one jar of Marinara Sauce, stir, and heat through.

Mix together cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg, parsley, salt and pepper.

Fill each shell with cheese mixture and place in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Pour Marinara Sauce over shells and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Serve to family and friends!

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