My son was giggling a few weeks ago at the grocery store. I asked him what was so funny and he told me that there were giant shells on the top shelf.
“Why is that funny, silly boy?” I asked him.
“Those are too big for macaroni and cheese!” he laughed.
Oh no. I have seriously committed a huge disservice to my children. Upon further questioning, it turned out none of my kids knew what the large pasta shells were for. If there’s anything I’ve done wrong in my time as a parent, I think this takes the cake.
I’ve never made them my Cheese Stuffed Shells.
It’s just wrong. And since it’s such a quick and easy meal, I decided to change that stat.
Now, I know there are plenty of recipes out there for stuffed shells that incorporate meats and veggies. And that’s all well and good. But I prefer the simplicity of a cheese stuffed shell. I mean, really. What’s better than three different cheeses cooked in a giant shell, topped with sauce and even more cheese.
Nothing, that’s what.
Add a salad and garlic bread to the plate and I promise you’ll have one happy family.
The best part? This meal is not only easy on the eyes but on the wallet too and it makes quite a bit. In this family of 5, we always have leftovers. Perfect for mama to eat for lunch the next day.
Hey, nothing wrong with skipping out on the standard PB & J, mama!
There is one tiny problem with me making this for the kiddos. Now that’s all they ask for. I guess that’s not a terrible thing.
Want to make it too? It’s so easy! Let’s do it!
- Jumbo pasta shells
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 15 oz ricotta cheese
- one egg
- pasta sauce
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 1 tbsp parseley
- Boil pasta according to directions on box.
- While pasta is cooking, combine ricotta, parmesan, 1 cup of mozzarella, egg, oregano and parsley.
- In a 13x9 baking pan, spread about 1/2 a cup of pasta sauce on the bottom.
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- Once pasta is cooked and slightly cooled, filled each shell with a heaping tablespoon of the cheese mixture and then place in the baking pan. Repeat until pan is full.
- Top shells with a bit of pasta sauce and the remaining mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
How easy is that?
Until next time, Happy Wednesday!