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Simple Stuffed Shells

  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 6

A make-ahead version of an Italian classic, these cooked pasta shells are stuffed with hearty beef, ricotta and mozzarella. Make a double batch and keep one in the freezer for a handy potluck dish. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

2
tablespoons olive oil
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
1
lb ground beef
1
can (28 oz) Muir Glen™ organic diced tomatoes, undrained
Salt and pepper to taste
1
box (12 oz) jumbo pasta shells
2
cups ricotta cheese
2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
1
egg
2
tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
Additional chopped fresh basil leaves, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In 2-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add beef. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked. Stir in tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low; cook uncovered about 20 minutes until liquid is reduced.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, cook and drain pasta shells as directed on box, using minimum cook time. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain.
  • 4
    In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, the egg and 2 tablespoons basil.
  • 5
    Spoon about 2 cups meat sauce into baking dish. Using small spoon, carefully fill each pasta shell with about 2 tablespoons cheese mixture (do not overfill). Invert shells and place on sauce in baking dish. Spoon remaining meat sauce over shells. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  • 6
    Bake uncovered about 30 minutes until sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted. Garnish with additional basil.

Expert Tips

  • If you can’t find jumbo pasta shells, use manicotti shells.
  • This dish can be made ahead and refrigerated until you’re ready to bake.
  • You can substitute 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves if fresh basil isn’t available.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
680
Calories from Fat
260
% Daily Value
Total Fat
29g
45%
Saturated Fat
13g
64%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
125mg
42%
Sodium
870mg
36%
Potassium
410mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate
62g
21%
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
Sugars
6g
Protein
43g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
60%
60%
Iron
25%
25%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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