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...


...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!


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


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?!


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


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!)


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 :)