Monday, February 13, 2012

Stuffed and Delicious

Friends, I missed you. Did you miss me?


I apologize for my absence the past few days. Last week was a hell of a week. But I’m here now and to make up for it, I have something delicious to share with you!


Last night I decided to invite some pals over to watch the Grammys. I’m not a huge fan of the Grammys - not like the OSCARS - but I’m always down to entertain and I had an idea... instead of ordering in Chinese or pizza like we usually do for a group, I wanted to try making something special!


Enter my mom’s famous Stuffed Shells. I probably haven’t had them in 10 years, but for some reason they had been on my mind - so I figured why not?! I picked up all the ingredients and R helped me put them all together...


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...and it was delicious! Our guests loved it and it was shockingly easy to make - I assembled it a few hours before the awards started and popped it in about 45 minutes before so it was bubbling hot just in time for the show. My friends loved it - there was barely any left in the pan! I served it with garlic bread and a roasted beet salad that B brought over.


Delicious - if you like cheesy, tomato-ey comfort food, I hope y’all make it!


Ingredients:

1 box jumbo pasta shells

1 15-ounce container of low-fat ricotta cheese

1 bag part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese

1 jar tomato sauce (I used Prego Crushed Garlic & Herbs)

Garlic powder

Salt & pepper


Directions:

1. Boil the shells about eight minutes/til al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.

2. In a bowl, combine the ricotta and 3/4 of the mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Pour a thin layer of tomato sauce on the bottom of a large glass baking dish.

4. Fill each individual shell with a spoonful of the cheese mixture and place open side up in a single layer, in glass dish.

5. When all shells are filled, pour remainder of tomato sauce and any remaining cheese mixture over the pasta. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 mozzarella.

6. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees, uncovered.


Isn't your mouth watering?!


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(I also served carrots & hummus and mini phyllo cups filled with brie and fig jam for some snacks. Yum!)


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PS. The winner of the Poppin giveaway is... drumroll please... #7!


ELIANNA! I’m emailing you now. Congratulations, your desk is about to get reallllll pretty (just in time for you to NOT NEED IT, as you are eight months pregnant with twins. Amazing!)

6 comments:

Katie said...

Yes I DID miss you! This recipe looks delicious and very doable. Thanks!

Alyze said...

I didn't read any of your words because I saw the can of icy cold Diet Coke and was too distracted. Go Grammy's. I'm glad you want to be Italian sometimes. I am the #1 faux Italian ever, LMK if you want some tips.

Preppy Girl Meets World said...

I did miss you. Welcome back friend!

Meg {henninglove} said...

i love stuffed shells!! and thank you for providing the recipe i can't wait to make these now!!

Grace - Stripes and Sequins said...

Of course I missed you! That looks SCRUMPTIOUS... I haven't had lunch yet and I'm now STARVING!

Mandy @ In the Fashion Lane said...

I definitely missed you! That food looks amazing! YUMMMMMM!

Those brie filled cups make my mouth water!

I love the Grammy's...the fashion is always more fun! And i just love music :)