• 17 Ratings

At its best, Italian cuisine creates a symphony of flavor from only a few simple ingredients. With rich ground beef, bright San Marzano tomatoes and a classic blend of Italian cheeses, these amazing stuffed shells perfectly embody this timeless culinary sensibility.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Recipe Summary

prep:
50 mins
bake:
30 mins at 350°
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 15x10x1-inch baking sheet and a 3-quart oval or rectangular baking dish.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Bake about 30 minutes, until filling is heated through and top is golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

537 calories; total fat 25g; saturated fat 11g; polyunsaturated fat 2g; monounsaturated fat 10g; cholesterol 94mg; sodium 661mg; potassium 722mg; carbohydrates 42g; fiber 3g; sugar 6g; protein 35g; trans fatty acid 1g; vitamin a 534IU; vitamin c 18mg; thiamin 1mg; riboflavin 1mg; niacin equivalents 8mg; vitamin b6 1mg; folate 121mcg; vitamin b12 2mcg; calcium 333mg; iron 6mg.

Reviews

17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0