Three Cheese Stuffed Shells – New Year, New Recipe

For New Years, everyone makes resolutions to eat better, lose weight, or do things to improve their lives. I have decided to try making things that I would not normally attempt. So, last night for New Year’s Eve dinner, I decided to try something I’ve never made before. I attempted to make Three Cheese Stuffed Shells. I’e eaten it several times and I knew what the recipe consisted of but I never thought about making it on my own. I have to say that for a first try, the recipe turned out to be awesome! The shells were cheesy, saucy, and just wonderful. I served the shells with some crusty garlic bread and my family enjoyed it. Here is the recipe that I came up with. I hope you give it a try!

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

2.Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Cook shells in salted boiling water for 8-10 minutes 

3. While pasta is cooking, lightly beat the egg in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add ricotta cheese, half cup of the mozzarella, half cup of the parmesan, and parsley into the egg mixture and mix together until thoroughly combined.

  
4. Spread some of your sauce into the bottom of a baking dish. (I used my Pyrex.) 

 5. Drain shells and allow them to cool slightly before handling (they will burn you trust me, I learned the hard way). With a spoon, fill the shells (Maybe not as much as I did).

6. Place shells facing downward into the pan. (I was only able to fit 11 shells into my pan but if you use a bigger pan, the filling is enough for about 14-15 shells).

7. Cover the shells with remaining sauce and top with the rest of the mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

8. Bake the shells for 40-45 minutes or until the cheese is brown and the sauce is bubbling. Serve with some crusty garlic bread or a nice side salad.

 
Three Cheese Stuffed Shells – New Year, New Recipe
 
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Serves: 15 Shells
Ingredients
  • 15 Jumbo Pasta Shells
  • 30 oz container of Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, grated (divided into about half)
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 tsp Parsley, minced (optional) Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Marinara sauce (You can substitute plain old marinara for a meat sauce or a mushroom sauce and it will taste even better!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Cook shells in salted boiling water for 8-10 minutes
  3. While pasta is cooking, lightly beat the egg in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add ricotta cheese, half cup of the mozzarella, half cup of the parmesan, and parsley into the egg mixture and mix together until thoroughly combined.
  5. Spread some of your sauce into the bottom of a baking dish. (I used my Pyrex)
  6. Drain shells and allow them to cool slightly before handling.
  7. With a spoon, fill the shells.
  8. Place shells facing downward into the pan.
  9. Cover the shells with remaining sauce and top with the rest of the mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  10. Bake the shells for 40-45 minutes or until the cheese is brown and the sauce is bubbling.
  11. Serve with some crusty garlic bread or a nice side salad.
 
 
I hope you enjoy this recipe and share it with others! It got rave reviews with my family so I hope it will with yours as well. If you try it, I would love to hear your feedback =)

 

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