Monday, February 4, 2013

Savory Stuffed Shells

stuffed shells recipe on Katy's Kitchen
This lovely recipe is the perfect dinner for Valentines Day! It's simple, beautiful, and delicious! Whenever I have extra ricotta leftover from a recipe such as Light and Creamy Fettuccine or Lemon Ricotta Cookies I like to make these because the majority of the ingredients I already have. Serve this savory dish with a side of vegetables to your sweetheart to show them how much you love them on the 14th! It's a relatively cheap, but impressive dish that serves 3-4 people.

4 oz. (12-14 shells) jumbo pasta cooked in boiling water
1 c (8 oz) ricotta cheese
1 c mozzarella cheese
1/2 parmesan cheese
1 egg
1/2 t italian seasoning
1/4 t dried basil (or chop up some fresh if you have it!)
2 c your favorite pasta sauce (I used Giada's) 
1. Boil water and cook pasta according to directions. When finished, drain pasta and leave in colander.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a medium sized casserole dish
3. In a medium bowl, mix beat and egg. Then add the ricotta, 1/4 c of parmesan, 3/4 cup of mozzarella cheese, italian spices, and basil.
4. Spread enough red sauce to cover the bottom of the dish (about 1 c)
5. Fill somewhat cooled shells with ricotta cheese mixture and arrange in baking sheet.
6. Spoon another cup of red sauce over shells. Top with remaining parmesan and mozzarella. 
7. Cover with tin foil and bake for 22-25 minutes. Take out and bake uncovered for another 5-10 minutes until cheese is browned and sauce is bubbly. Make sure that its really starting to bubble so that it's hot all the way through.

And some pictures to help:
example of ricotta and casserole dish
Here's the ricotta mixture and the saucy casserole dish.

how to stuff shells
My amazing sous chef boyfriend perfecting his technique. 

stuffed shells before being cooked
What they should look like before putting them in the oven!

Good luck making stuffed shells! Let me know what you guys are cooking for Valentine's Day!

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