I put these stuffed shells together the other night and they were a big hit. The original recipe called for ricotta and an egg, but I decided to just fill the shells with the meat sauce mixture and an unnatural amount of mozzarella and Parmesan 😉
– jumbo shells, I used about 20
– 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
– 2 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
– 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
– jar of your favorite marinara sauce
– garlic, oregano, basil, salt and pepper, etc. Your favorite seasonings, to taste
Preheat your oven to 350F.
Spread 1/2 cup of your marinara sauce in the bottom of an 8×11- inch baking dish.
Begin by getting your pasta cooking. Once the noodles are al dente, drain and set aside.
While your pasta is cooking, begin browning your ground beef in a large skillet. Once it is browned, drain the fat and add in the rest of your marinara sauce. Season the sauce to taste and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
Mix together the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses in a small bowl.
Lay out the shells open side up in your baking dish, and sprinkle the bottom of each shell with some of your cheese mixture. Next, spoon in a good helping of the meat sauce into each shell. Once all the shells are filled, sprinkle the rest of the cheese mixture over the top of the shells. Cover the top tightly with foil.
Bake in your preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes until the cheese is browned slightly and bubbly.
Serve with a nice side salad and garlic bread. Enjoy!