Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins
A great lowfat version! This is rich, creamy and your family will love it. I make it without meat as well. It's great either way.
- 12 ounces jumbo pasta shells
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 1⁄4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (Reserve 1/4 cup)
- 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 lb low-fat ricotta cheese
- 1 lb low-fat small-curd cottage cheese
- 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 26 ounces spaghetti sauce, Reserve 1 c (jarred or homemade)
- fresh basil, chopped, for garnish
- In an 8 quart pot, bring water to a boil and cook shells according to package directions.
- Drain and cool immediately with cold water.
- Drain and place open side down on paper towels.
- Meanwhile brown ground turkey with onion and garlic; drain fat.
- Combine the next 8 ingredients.
- In a medium bowl, combine ground turkey and the cheese mixture.
- Reserve the 1/4 cup of Mozzarella.
- Place a thin layer of spaghetti sauce into the bottom of a 12 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spoon the cheese/meat mixture into each pasta shell and place open side up, in a single layer, in prepared pan. I don't usually use all 12 ounces of noodles.
- Pour the remaining sauce (RESERVE 1 Cup Sauce) over the stuffed shells.
- Loosely cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
- During last 5 minutes of baking, remove foil and sprinkle remaining Mozzarella cheese on top.
- Bake 5 more minutes.
- Garnish with fresh chopped basil. I like to have a side of warm spaghetti sauce to drizzle over; especially for left-overs.
Made this last night and wow... so yummy! Everyone raved about them... my hubby ate like 6 of them! HA! Only thing I would say is that the recipe makes waaayyy more filling than needed. I ended up freezing half of it, but at least next time I make it all I have to do is make the sauce and boil shells. Next time I will half all the ingredients for the filling (except the meat, still do 1 lb of meat). I also added some oregano and dried basil... delish!
These were great! It's only me and my husband, so of course we couldn't eat them all. I took half of it to my Dad's house and it was gone in no time. DH got a little mad, also, that I didn't keep enough around for left overs. Thanks!