Stuffed Pasta Shells
Get ready for a big, hearty meal with these stuffed shells. This is the meal you want to make if you are really hungry and craving pasta. Pasta dish recipes sometimes call for the small pasta shells, but this one pulls out all stops and just goes for the big pasta shells. These pasta shells make for easy pasta meals because you can literally fill them with anything, pop them in the oven and have a delicious meal that is all in one shell. This recipe from Grandma's collection also shows you how to make your own tomato sauce from scratch. This is a sauce recipe you will want to keep on hand for all of your pasta recipes, so print it out and put it on your fridge or bulletin board. The filling for these pasta shells is absolutely scrumptious with cheese and chicken sausage as well as some spinach. Try this and other quick dinner recipes and add them to your own recipe collection.***
This is a printable recipe.
1 package of large pasta shells, cooked el dente
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons ground thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
12 ounces ricotta cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 lb chicken sausage, cooked and crumbled
4 ounces chopped frozen spinach, thawed and patted dry
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Toss in the pasta shells. Cook for 8-10 minutes.
Test a noodle. Noodles are ready when they are still firm but tender. Strain the water out. Stir in 1 teaspoon olive oil and stir gently to coat. Set aside on a cool part of the stove.
Heat the olive oil in large saucepan and saute the onions for a few minutes until tender. Add the garlic and cook one minute longer.
Add the crushed tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
Season with salt and pepper, the thyme and oregano.
Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes. Set aside.
In a small skillet break up and cook the chicken sausage over medium heat.
In a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, egg and breadcrumbs.
Add the chicken sausage and spinach and stir in to combine.
Put a few good sized spoonfuls of your tomato sauce into the baking dish bottom.
Stuff the pasta shells with the filling and place them over the tomato sauce.
Top with the more tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. Cover the pan with aluminum foil.
Place into the preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes.
Remove and serve.
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Nutrition Facts for: Stuffed Pasta Shells From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Olive oil, onion, garlic cloves, canned crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, breadcrumbs, chicken sausage, spinach, mozzarella cheese.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet
* The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings
* Per Serving:Calories 373, Calories from Fat 222, Total Fat 24.7g 38%, Saturated Fat 9.6g 48%, Cholesterol 88mg 29%, Sodium 1200mg 50%, Potassium 297mg 8%, Carbohydrates 14.2g 5%, Dietary Fiber 4.3g 17%, Sugars 6.5g, Protein 24.5g, Vitamin A 53%, Vitamin C 22%, Calcium 34%, Iron 18%
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