Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Crochet Stocking for Chloe

For Chloe's 1st Christmas

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pasta Shells with Cheese Filling

Have you used up all of your delicious Thanksgiving dinner left-overs?
How about an easy and yummy dish with tender pasta shells and a creamy, cheesy filling for a lovely meal. Add a side salad, bread and maybe even a glass of wine on a candle-lit table for an extra special dinner.

source: Ronzoni box 

1 pkg. (12 oz.) RONZONI JUMBO SHELLS, uncooked
4 cups (2 lb.) ricotta cheese
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups (about 28-oz. jar) spaghetti sauce or homemade sauce

Heat oven to 375°F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir together cheeses, eggs, parsley, salt, pepper and nutmeg. In 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish, spread 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce. Fill each cooked shell with about 1-1/2 level tablespoons cheese mixture; layer one-half filled shells in prepared dish. Spread one-half remaining sauce over shells; layer remaining filled shells over sauce. Spread remaining sauce over shells; sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired. Cover with foil; bake 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly (doubling recipe or more may require increased baking time). 8 to 10 servings.
For ease in filling each shell, I use a decorator with a large opening tip.
An added bonus... they freeze really well!
Assemble in a foil pan, cover tightly with plastic wrap and then foil and freeze.  When ready to serve, thaw and bake as above. {remember to remove the plastic wrap before baking}

I recently picked up a FoodSaver at a garage sale. I had never used one before.  After making a batch of stuffed shells, I placed them (without sauce) onto a waxed-paper lined pan and set them in the freezer.  When frozen, I then sealed them using the FoodSaver.  The vacuum did crush them a little but they baked up just fine.

So, for the work of one recipe, I got several meals for John and I.


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