As I have told you many times before. I am Italian. Well, I’m a mutt but my dad is 100% Italian; which puts that heritage at the top of the percentage list and overall is the one I identify with most. Unless I’m telling someone that I’m part mexican. Then I push that as much as I can. Thanks mom.
For every Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving… holiday or family event there are a couple things that are always present.
- homemade stuffed shells
- the family
Normally, my dad makes these a very certain way. Me, being me, changed the recipe. #daughterfail. Have I ever told you how my senior year year of high school I was a peer leader? Normally, every year , the peer leaders write a sort of “vow”.
such as “we will do this” “we don’t do that”. Well, my year, we decided not to do that. Instead, our motto was “winging it responsibly.” I kind of feel like this is my life motto. I never really know where I’m going or what I’m doing. I wing it A LOT.
So back to the stuffed shells. THE GOOD STUFF. I didn’t have time/energy/interest in making sauce from scratch. Sowwy. I used a “traditional sweet basil” combined with “‘meatloaf meat mix” and then made my own filling. I promise you, it’s delish.
Cheese Stuffing Recipe
- 1/3 Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese
- ricotta cheese
- 1 large egg
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
- 1 package Prince jumbo shells
- 1 package “meatloaf mix”
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
topping: 1/2 cup parmeasan cheese
I didn’t have time to do the whole thing from scratch so I did a variation of “homemade”
I took the meatloaf mix and sauteed it with half a white onion and 2 gloves of garlic. After the meat had cooked about 90% of the way through, I took it off the heat. I put two ladles full of the meat/sauce mixture on the bottom of a 9″x13″ pan. Then I stuffed each shell with the cheese mixture and placed it in the pan.
After filling each shell, I put more sauce on top. Finally topped with half a cup parmesan cheese.
Baked for 20 minute at 350 and BAM! YUMMY SHELLS
Ohhhh not as good as my dads but dang good.
Like, DANG GOOD