Comfort Food // Stuffed Shells

>> Friday, September 18, 2015

Sometimes you just need comfort food. Yesterday was surely the day for me. Bonus points if it takes only minutes to come together. I haven’t made stuffed shells in ages, so I dug up my old favorite recipe and got to work. This is a great meal to make with little ones (easy stuffing!) and bakes up in just half an hour.

Also, random question: Have you guys seen whole wheat, sprouted, or otherwise “healthier” jumbo shells? I performed a rather thorough search of Wegmans and only found the standard type.


What you’ll need . . .

  • 1 package jumbo shells
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese, part-skim
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 handfuls baby kale, baby spinach, or mix
  • 1 jar (24 ounce) your favorite tomato sauce
  • Bunch fresh basil
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground pepper
  • Handful mozzarella
  • Sprinkles Parmesan 

Method . . . 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F*.
  2. Cook shells in boiling water for 9 minutes and drain (will be al dente). Let cool a bit while you mix the filling.
  3. Chop the greens and basil considerably. Then combine them with the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan (no need to measure the cheeses carefully -- add more if you wish), and a dash of garlic powder + pepper.
  4. Pour half the tomato sauce on a greased 9x13 pan. I used glass.
  5. Stuff shells with filling. Then line them up next to one another until your pan is full. I always have some shells leftover. Ada likes them plain, so I just save in a baggie to re-heat. 
  6. Then cover with the rest of the tomato sauce, sprinkle on some more mozzarella + Parmesan, and cover with foil.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Then take the cover off and broil for a couple minutes until browned. Let cool a while before serving.

* Alternatively, you can prepare this meal in advance, cover + place in your fridge, and bake whenever you’re ready to eat. That’s another reason I love this meal so much.


Congrats to Katrina, the Magformers giveaway winner. Katrina says "My little guy plays with them at the library. We would build a school because he loves playing school.” I’ll be in touch with you soon regarding your prize.

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