Friday, April 25, 2008

Stuffed Shells

This is a recipe passed down from my Mom ... it's a quick and easy crowd pleaser and is also a great dish to prepare for someone else (had a baby, is sick, shut-in, etc.) and also great for potluck dinners. This is also another one that can be prepared ahead of time and frozen before the final "cooking" of it.

Stuffed Shells


1 1/2 lbs hamburger meat
Jumbo pasta shells
1 large jar of Prego spaghetti sauce
1 large bag of shredded Mozzarella cheese
palate pleasing "seasonings"


Step 1 - brown hamburger meat with your choice of seasonings. I use salt, pepper, onion, green bell pepper, Emeril's Essence, garlic powder.

Step 2 - Boil jumbo pasta shells

Step 3 - drain grease (if necessary) ... add "some" Prego sauce to meat, not all

Step 4 - in a Pyrex dish, pour a thin layer of Prego sauce on bottom of dish

Step 5 - drain pasta shells and begin stuffing each one with the meat sauce

Step 6 - layer the shells in the dish on top of the thin layer of sauce

Step 7 - Pour remaining Prego sauce over entire dish

Step 8 - If you are preparing this to fix later, wrap with plastic wrap and either refrigerate or freeze.

Step 9 - If you are cooking now, place in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes

Step 10 - Remove and add Mozzarella cheese over the top of the dish

Step 11 - Return to the oven until cheese melts (about 5-10 minutes)

Step 12 - Serve hot!

comments: This dish is SO super easy and so very good ... it goes well with a salad and french bread. I have made this dish many times over! If you are preparing this dish as a "gift" to someone in need or for a dinner ... remember to send a bag of cheese with it, with instructions of steps 9-12.

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