These delicious lasagna stuffed shells are great to serve for dinner. The shells are stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella cheese, parsley, parmesan cheese and egg. You can use cottage cheese in place of the ricotta if you would prefer. The shells are topped off with a meat sauce that gets a lot of its flavor from various seasonings, tomato sauce and tomato paste. The shells are placed into a baking dish with the sauce and then baked in the oven until fully cooked. The most work that is involved in this recipe is stuffing the ingredients into the shells. I like to serve this recipe with garlic bread. Enjoy.
- 18 jumbo pasta shells
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef
- 2 tablespoons chopped onion
- 1 (12 ounces) can tomato paste
- 1 (14 ounces) can tomato sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups ricotta cheese
- 1 (16 ounces) package mozzarella cheese, divided
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring it to a rolling boil. Add the shells and cook the pasta, uncovered until it is nearly cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 5 minutes. Drain well and rinse with cold water.
- While the shells are cooking heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook while breaking the beef up into chunks with a spatula until no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in the tomato paste, tomato sauce, salt, oregano, and garlic powder. Simmer for 5 minutes. Spread half of the sauce onto the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in ricotta cheese, ¾ of the mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Spoon the cheese mixture into the shells and place them into the baking dish. Once all of the shells have been filled, pour the remaining meat sauce over the shells and sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
- Cover and place into the oven. Cook for about 20 minutes and then uncovered and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and bubbly and the shells are hot in the center.