Eggplant & Mozzarella Stuffed Shells

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Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep
20 mins
Cook
1 hr 10 mins

This is a delicious dish that the whole family will love, and a fantastic way to introduce children to eggplant. Takes about 90 minutes from start to finish, including prep time, serves about 4-6 people, and is very affordable.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Add one quart water and 1/2 tbsp salt to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Wash, peel and dice your eggplant(s), about 1/2 inch cubes, and add to saucepan. Boil about 20 minutes until eggplant is mostly translucent.
  2. In a large saucepan, prepare jumbo shells as directed.
  3. Dice 1/2 medium onion and crush 2 cloves garlic. In a ten inch skillet, saute onions and garlic in 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil for five min, then add and brown ground beef (or other lean meat).
  4. Drain eggplant. In a large bowl, mash eggplant thoroughly. Then add the beef and onion mixture and 3 cups of mozzarella cheese. Mix until the cheese melts and you have a nice gooey blob.
  5. Preheat oven to 350. Spray or grease a 13x9 baking dish. Drain jumbo shells and stuff each with about 2 tbsp or so of the eggplant mozzarella mixture. Arrange into 3 rows of 8 shells.
  6. Cover the shells with your favorite spaghetti or pasta sauce, then top with the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Bake about 30 minutes or until cheese just begins to brown. Remove and let cool about 5-10 minutes and serve!