Stuffed Shells

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Makes:
8 servings
Prep:
50 mins
Bake:
30 mins 350°
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Stuffed Shells

Ingredients
12
ounces dried jumbo pasta shells (about 35 shells)
3
tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2
pounds lean ground beef
2
cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
 
Salt
 
Freshly ground pepper
2
28 ounce can San Marzano® tomatoes or whole tomatoes
1
15 ounce carton whole-milk ricotta cheese
1 1/3
cups grated or finely shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 15x10x1-inch baking sheet and a 3-quart oval or rectangular baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of water, with 1 tablespoon salt added, to boiling. Add pasta shells and cook just until slightly tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain pasta and spread in a single layer on baking sheet to prevent them from sticking together.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Add beef and 1 clove of garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 6 to 8 minutes, until no pink remains in beef. Transfer to a bowl; set aside.
  4. For tomato sauce, in a second skillet over low heat combine remaining olive oil, remaining garlic, and undrained tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Bring sauce to a simmer over low heat; cook for 15 to 20 minutes until thickened somewhat, breaking up tomatoes with the back of spoon.
  5. Stir 1 1/2 cups of tomato sauce into cooled ground beef, then add ricotta and 2/3 cup of the Parmigiano; stir until combined.
  6. Spoon 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce into prepared baking dish. Fill each pasta shell with about 1 tablespoon meat and cheese mixture. Arrange shells in prepared baking dish. Spoon remaining tomato sauce over shells, then sprinkle remaining 2/3 cup cheese.
  7. Bake about 30 minutes, until filling is heated through and top is golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

(Stuffed Shells)
    Per serving:
  • 537 kcal cal.,
  • 25 g fat
  • (11 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 10 g monounsatured fat),
  • 94 mg chol.,
  • 661 mg sodium,
  • 42 g carb.,
  • 3 g fiber,
  • 6 g sugar,
  • 35 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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