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stuffed baked pasta shells
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Stuffed Baked Pasta Shells

The stuffed baked shells are made with tomato sauce and a creamy filling fusing the delicate taste of ricotta with the appetizing flavor of the meat sauce.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lasagna pasta shells, pasta shells, stuffed pasta shells
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 658kcal
Author: YourFoodBuddy

Equipment

  • baking dish

Ingredients

  • 8 oz pasta shells or about 20 pieces
  • 1 lb minced meat beef or pork
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine dry
  • 8 oz ricotta
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 handful parsley chopped
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 6 oz spinach
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup parmesan shredded
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 360 degrees
  • Cook the pasta shells al dente, according to the package instruction. Drain, rinse in cold water, and set aside

Meat filling

  • In a skillet, saute the chopped onion and garlic in hot olive oil for about 4 minutes
  • Add the minced meat, fry it for about 10 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Always stir and crush the meat chunks
  • Deglaze the meat with 1/2 cup red wine. Cook for about 3 minutes and remove skillet from the stove.

Cheese filling

  • Use a large bowl to mix in the ricotta, mozzarella, eggs and chopped parsley
  • Season with granulated garlic and mix to an even texture

Spinach filling

  • Heat up a skillet with 1-2 tbsp of olive oil
  • Wash, drain and chop the spinach leaves
  • Saute the spinach for 30 seconds and add 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • Bring it to a boil then turn off the stove

Stuffed pasta shells filling

  • Use a large bowl to mix the meat, cheese, and spinach preparations
  • Pour about 1/2 cup tomato paste on the bottom of a baking dish
  • Stuff the pasta shells with the filling one by one using a spoon and carefully place it in the baking dish
  • Fill in the baking tray and pour 1 cup of tomato paste on top of the shells
  • Sprinkle the top with grated parmesan then insert into the oven to bake at 360 degrees for 20-25 minutes
  • Take out the baking dish and let the stuffed shells rest for about 10 minutes before serving

Nutrition

Sodium: 1569mg | Calcium: 367mg | Vitamin C: 26mg | Vitamin A: 4135IU | Sugar: 12g | Fiber: 6g | Potassium: 1345mg | Cholesterol: 148mg | Calories: 658kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Fat: 36g | Protein: 35g | Carbohydrates: 46g | Iron: 6mg