A really yummy way to make jumbo shells stuffed with cheese taste. It makes a large amount but could be cut in half. I think it is something you could be sure people would like and be really different. I found the basic on the back of the Barilla noodles box but fixed it up some as it would have seemed bland, so I made this and we love it.
- 12 ounces jumbo pasta shells
- 1 lb ground beef
- 26 ounces spaghetti sauce, i like ragu meat flavored for this recipe
- 2 eggs
- 32 ounces ricotta cheese
- 2 cups shredded pre-shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 cups shredded parmesan cheese, shredded
- 2 teaspoons basil
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons instant minced onion
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons parsley flakes
- Boil shells with butter and salt to taste.
- Brown hamburger meat and combine with spaghetti sauce; drain shells.
- Combine the egg, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, basil, garlic powder, minced onion, oregano, salt, parsley flakes, and only 1 cup of the parmesan cheese.
- Put the mixture in the shells like a tablespoon and half into each one line them up in across a three quart casserole dish.
- Pour the meat over the top and cook for 30 minutes at 350°F.
- Add the remaining parmesan cheese over the shells and meat and allow to cook for 10 more minutes.
Easy and delicious recipe. My kiddos loved it and even asked for seconds. I had to double up on the shells and actually still had left over filling after filling a 9x13 casserole dish. I will definitely cut this recipe in half the next time I make it
This was a great recipe! Extremely easy with clear insructions. I used cottage cheese instead of ricotta & omitted the Parmesan (didn't have any). This makes a ton though! I fed 4 adults & 5 kids ages 9-3 and still have enough left over for 2 adults. The next time I make this I will cut the recipe in half and not use quite as much sauce. It was a lot like a lasagna with shells (though I'm not complaining because it was still fabulous) and I may add some Italian sausage in with the filling and just use plain sauce on top.
This recipe turned out great! Used homemade spaghetti sauce, and sauteed ground beef with some italian sausage for meat. Had 3 families over (6 adults; 6 kids) and there were still leftovers. Prepared it all ahead so only needed to pop in the oven. Incredibly tasty, and a big hit.