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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Cooking with the kids - stuffed shells

Our family loves pasta.
One of my favorite dishes is stuffed shells.
The girls don't really like the shells stuffed with ricotta cheese. 
So I don't make them very often. 
So Grace came up with an idea of stuffing the shells with meat sauce! And the girls loved them!!!
Here's what I did
I stuffed half of the shells with a ricotta cheese mixture 
and the other half with a meat mixture
Ricotta Cheese Stuffed Shells:
15 oz of ricotta cheese 
(You can use less if you are doing half and half, I had a ton of the mixture left over)
Garlic Salt to taste
1/2 cup of frozen spinach thawed
2 eggs
and lots of italian cheese (yes we love cheese)
Meat Stuffed Shells:
I cooked up some lean ground beef and mixed it with sauce
I made the sauce very thick in order to stay firm in the shell
I literally just mixed it together, so I don't have exact amounts

 *you are going to need extra sauce and cheese to put over the shells*
The girls helped me mix the spinach, egg, cheese, and ricotta cheese

While they did that I made the meat mixture
and preheated our oven to 350

and boiled the noodles

I had Grace spread tomato sauce onto the bottom of our casserole dish

Then I stuffed the shells. 
One side with meat sauce and another side with the ricotta mixture.
Next time I am going to put them into two different pans, 
as the ricotta mixture took an hour to cook
and the meat mixture took only 20-30 minutes if that. 

I made additional meat sauce

I covered the meat side with meat sauce and let it cook for about 30-40 minutes

Then I added cheese to the top for the last 20 minutes

Not the best presentation but this is how it turned out.
And they tasted so yummy!



At January 14, 2012 at 9:27 PM , Blogger Tami Marie said...

Oh gosh...I have been hungry for the last hour and now after reading this post, I am starving! LOL!

This looks yummy. I love Pasta myself. It's one of my favourite dishes.


At January 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve. said...

Looks so yummy! :)

At January 14, 2012 at 10:42 PM , Blogger Erin said...

I love ricotta cheese!! What a fun time as a family! :)

At January 15, 2012 at 5:41 AM , Blogger Meg@Domesticated-ish said...

Looks yummy! I love that you made them both in one pan, even though they didn't cook at the same rate. What I would have done is made a giant pan of each and had tons of leftovers that would eventually get thrown out. I trying to learn to cook on a smaller scale. And I can't wait until my son can help me in the kitchen!

At January 15, 2012 at 7:55 AM , Blogger Brigitte said...

This looks like a really yummy meal. Very easy too, and a meal I know my Lil Ladies will eat, and we can also prepare together!! :)
Thank you for this idea! I just love your blog!

At January 15, 2012 at 8:31 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

So yummy! Definitely trying it this week! :)

At January 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM , Blogger Ruby Jean said...

Oh we LOVE LOVE LOVE stuffed shells... So much so I haven't made them in FOREVER!!! LOL!! But I am thinking this needs to get put back on the DINNER Menu.. :)

At January 16, 2012 at 7:32 AM , Blogger Kara said...

How yummy!!


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