Cheese Stuffed Shells With Beef and Tomato Sauce

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a recipe from Canadian Living magazine. It's very hearty with the beef in the sauce. You could also omit the beef if you want a vegetarian dish.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In shallow Dutch oven, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat; cook beef, breaking up with spoon, for 5 minutes or until no longer pink. With slotted spoon, transfer to bowl. Drain any fat from pan.
  2. Add remaining oil to pan; sauté onions and garlic for 5 minutes. Add basil, oregano, hot pepper flakes, salt, pepper, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Return beef to pan; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, for 20 to 25 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions until tender but firm. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain well and place on damp tea towel.
  4. Filling: Meanwhile, in bowl, combine spinach, ricotta, 1 cup Parmesan, 1 cup mozzarella, parsley, onions, eggs, basil, nutmeg, and pepper.
  5. Pour half of the beef and tomato sauce into 13- x 9-inch (3 L) glass baking dish. Spoon heaping 1 tbsp (15 mL) filling into each pasta shell. Arrange snugly, stuffed side up, in dish. Spoon remaining sauce over top; sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheeses. Cover with foil.
  6. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 20 minutes or until heated through.