Stuffed Shells

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This is one of our family favorites as we love Italian food.  This dish is easy and can suite a variety of different tastes making it a perfect make ahead meal or freezer meal. Our family will often get together and make hundreds at a time making it fun, easy and inexpensive to get dinner of the table.

Make-ahead meals

Four Cheese Italian Stuffed Shells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Cheese Italian Stuffed Shells

2 box jumbo pasta shells

2 16oz ricotta

4 cups grated mozzarella

4 cups grated cheddar

3 eggs beaten

2 cups Parmesan

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 Jar of your favorite marinara sauce

Cook the pasta shells to the package directions.

In a large bowl mix the ricotta, 3 cheeses and eggs together, season with salt, pepper and onion powder.

Cool the cooked shells by running them under cold water. Stuff cooked shells with cheese mixture by using a tablespoon.

Place stuffed shells in pan cover with marinara sauce.

Bake 350 for about 30 min till hot, for 45min-1 hour if frozen

Make Ahead Freezer Meals: To freeze, stuff shells as directed and place in a freezer zip lock bag with out sauce pushing out as much air as possible for best results. To serve take as many as you need out, cover with sauce in pan and bake till warm.

Flavor Variations: Try adding 1 pound of Italian sausage, ground turkey or frozen spinach (drained of excess liquid) to the cheese mixture and stuff as directed.

 

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