Awhile ago I had an urge to make stuffed shells. I didn’t want any old stuffed shells. I wanted some that were really good. Plus, I had to find one that included meat inside, as per my sister’s demand.
Off I went searching, and probably a half an hour later I came across a recipe that looked like a winner.
And winner it was. These stuffed shells were the best I have ever tasted. My mom, sister, and I were raving about them for days. In fact, just thinking about them now is making me crave them.
The sauce is probably what took this recipe from great to amazing. I have some big plans for this sauce. It might just become my go to sauce. That’s how good it is.
Lasagna Stuffed Shells
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 box jumbo pasta shells
- 1 lb ricotta cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 cups + 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1 tbsp parsley
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 onion, chopped finely
- Vegetable oil
- 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
- 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
- 3/8 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tbsp basil
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Brown the ground beef. Drain any remaining fat. Remove from heat and let cool.
- In a saucepan, saute onions in a little bit of vegetable oil. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, garlic powder, sugar, and basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes*. Remove from heat and let cool.
- While sauce is simmering, cook pasta shells according to directions on box.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta, 2 cups mozzarella, egg, parsley, and salt. Add cooled meat and 1 cup of cooled sauce to the cheese mixture and mix.
- Coat the bottom of your baking dish(es) with the remaining sauce. Fill each shell with the meat & cheese mixture and place into baking dish. When all the shells are filled, sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is just starting to turn brown.
* You might want to cover your sauce. I didn’t and had a fun time cleaning up the entire stove area. Oops.
Recipe slightly adapted from Poormet.