Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Stuffed Pasta Shells

This is one of my son's favorite meals. It's a little putsy to make, but it is very good and worth the effort.

1 (12-oz) box jumbo pasta shells

1 pound hamburger
chpd onion (optional)
1/2 cup dry Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
1 or 2 eggs, beaten (recipe only calls for one egg, but I like to add two)
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese

2 (15-oz) jars spaghetti sauce (I use Ragu that I doctor up with seasonings and a little sugar)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta shells according to package directions, making sure they aren't undercooked, drain. Brown the hamburger and onion together in a skillet, drain. Place the hamburger mixture into a bowl and let cool slightly. Add the bread crumbs and Mozzarella cheese. Mix together until well combined. Add the egg(s) and stir until well combined. Pour one of the jars of spaghetti sauce into a greased 9x13" pan. Stuff the pasta shells with the hamburger mixture. You will need approximately 1-2 tbsp per shell. Place stuffed shells in the pan over the sauce. Stuff all the shells, and if you have any of the hamburger mixture leftover, loosely form into meatballs and stuff in and around the shells. Pour the other jar of spaghetti sauce over all and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees, for 30 minutes, or until bubbly and cheese has melted and browned.


Pam said...

This sounds great and I can see why your son likes it! Great new look you have here!

The Sugar Queen said...

Thanks, Pam! Just recently found out that Blogger /does/ have different templates and offers backgrounds, too. Don't know how long I looked for something like this, but I'm glad I've finally found it! :D