Today, I want to share with you my latest kitchen adventure - making homemade stuffed shells. It was my first time attempting this recipe, and I have to say, it turned out pretty delicious. If you're a fan of Italian food and looking to try something new, give this recipe a shot. In this post, I'll be answering some common questions about stuffed shells, so let's get started!
Homemade Stuffed Shells Recipe
If you're looking for a simple and delicious stuffed shells recipe, try this classic version with a creamy ricotta filling. Start by cooking the jumbo shells according to the package directions until al dente. In a bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, egg, Italian seasoning and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Stuff the cooked shells with the ricotta mixture and arrange them in a baking dish. Pour your favorite tomato sauce over the top of the shells and sprinkle with more mozzarella cheese. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 35 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve hot and enjoy your homemade stuffed shells!
If you want some variation, you can always make a stuffed shells recipe meat or stuffed shells recipe with spinach.
FAQ asked Stuffed Shells Questions
How Long Do Stuffed Shells Last in the Fridge?
Stuffed shells can last for 3-5 days in an airtight container in the fridge. If you have leftovers, be sure to store them properly to keep them fresh for longer. When reheating, cover the container with a damp paper towel to prevent the shells from drying out.
How Long to Bake Stuffed Shells?
I found that baking the stuffed shells for 35 minutes was the perfect amount of time to ensure the cheese was melted and the sauce was bubbling. However, the cooking time may vary depending on your oven and the size of the shells. Be sure to check them frequently to avoid overcooking.
Where Can You Buy Stuffed Shells?
Stuffed shells can be found in the pasta aisle of your local grocery store. Look for them in both fresh and dried pasta sections. If you prefer to make your own stuffed shells from scratch, you can find pasta shells in the pasta aisle as well.
Are Stuffed Shells Healthy?
While stuffed shells may not be the healthiest option out there, there are ways to make them slightly more nutritious. Using whole wheat pasta shells and adding in some veggies like spinach or mushrooms can give them a healthy twist. Additionally, using low-fat cheese and lean protein like ground turkey can help reduce the calorie count.
What Do Stuffed Shells Go Good With?
Stuffed shells are a versatile dish that can be paired with a variety of sides. A side salad is a great option to balance out the richness of the shells. You can also serve them with garlic bread or roasted vegetables. For a heartier meal, pair them with a side of sautéed greens or a bowl of soup.
Why Add Egg to Stuffed Shells?
Adding an egg to the filling mixture helps to bind it together and make it easier to stuff into the pasta shells. It also adds a bit of richness and flavor to the dish. If you have an egg allergy or simply don't want to use one, you can still make delicious stuffed shells without it. Just be sure to use a bit more cheese or breadcrumbs to help bind the filling together.
Making homemade stuffed shells is a fun and delicious way to switch up your dinner routine. With a bit of creativity and experimentation, you can make a unique version of this classic Italian dish. I hope this post has provided you with some helpful tips and answers to your questions. Now, it's time to get cooking!
Homemade Stuffed Shells Recipe
Stuffed shells are a classic Italian dish made with jumbo pasta shells that are filled with a savory mixture of cheese, herbs, and sometimes meat or vegetables. The shells are typically boiled until al dente, then stuffed with the filling and baked in a rich tomato sauce until hot and bubbly. The result is a comforting and hearty dish that is perfect for feeding a crowd or enjoying as a cozy weeknight dinner. Stuffed shells are endlessly customizable, with countless variations on the filling and sauce to suit any taste. Whether you prefer a classic ricotta and spinach filling or something more unconventional, stuffed shells are sure to satisfy your pasta cravings.
- 1 box Jumbo Shells (approx 42)
- 32 ounces Ricotta Cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1 T Italian seasoning (I prefer parsley and oregano)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 3 cups spaghetti sauce
- Prepare Pasta according to directions on box.
- Preheat oven 375 degrees.
- Mix all ingredients except shells in a large bowl.
- Spread 1 cup spaghetti sauce in bottom of a large bakinig dish.
- Fill each shell with cheese mixture and line shells in baking dish.
- Cover shells with remaining spaghetti sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
- Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
- Makes 8 to 10 servings
Don't forget to make up a batch of our homemade breadsticks to go with your meal!