Italian Stuffed Shells - Recipe

I am very, very fond of Italian food. I find it easy to create and has such wonderful flavors. One dish I do not make very  frequently is stuffed shells and I'm not sure why. I can recall growing up we had these at least once a month but then once those teen years hit my mom stopped making them.

They are not hard at all to make and oh.so.good. I did look up a recipe to follow this time around but normally I make my ricotta my way, stuff, cover with sauce and bake. The whole family asked why I was not making them more. Umm, yeah, good question.

* Exported from MasterCook *
                          Italian Stuffed Shells

Recipe By: Beverly Austin
Serving Size  : 8    
Categories: Main Meal

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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  1            pound  ground beef, 95% lean
1/2           cup  onion -- chopped
  1            clove  garlic -- minced
  1            cup  hot water
  12          ounces  tomato paste
  1            tbl  beef bouillon granules
1 1/2        teaspoons  oregano -- dried
  1            large  egg -- beaten
  2            cups  cottage cheese 4%
  8            ounces  shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
  24          jumbo  shell pasta
1/2           cup  Parmesan cheese

  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in water, tomato paste, bouillon and oregano; simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzrella and Parmesan cheese.
  • Stuff shells with cheese mixture.
  • Arrange in a greased 3 qt baking dish. *
  • Pour meat sauce over the shells.
  • Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  • Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.

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Serving Ideas:
  • Tossed Salad
  • Warm Italian Bread
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