Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Stuffed Pasta Shells

This meat-filled pasta dish is comfort food at it's finest!

It's a meal that takes time but it's so worth the effort! It easily serves 8 people. So it's a good dish to serve when inviting friends over for dinner! Or you can freeze half for a night when you need an easy dinner. Or my favorite, you can take half to a family that just had a new baby, or other hospital stay, and could use a little help with getting a meal to the table! Add in a nice salad mix and a loaf of crusty bread and voila! I like that word! Voila!!

Begin by cooking a package of large shells according to the package instructions.

Drain shells and cool in a single layer on a foil lined jelly roll pan.

While pasta cooks, brown 1 pound ground beef and 1 pound ground pork in a large skillet. Drain.

In a large bowl combine browned meat with 3/4 cup bread crumbs, 1 cup shredded mozzarella, 3/4 cup finely chopped onion, 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Mix in 4 lightly beaten eggs. 

Fill each shell with about 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture.

Cover bottom of two 13x9 baking dishes with a thin layer of your favorite pasta sauce, about 1/3 of jar. Place filled pasta shells in a single layer in baking dishes. Cover shells with remaining sauce, top with shredded mozzarella and a sprinkling of parmesan. The recipe calls for 1 cup of mozzarella. I don't measure. I top with cheese until I think it looks like enough. We like mozzarella. 

You can also use more pasta sauce if you prefer it a little more saucy!

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 45 to 55 minutes in a 350˚ oven. Bake until hot and bubbly. 

Oh that looks nice!!

It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes, or so, to make this meal from beginning to end. But just look at that!

And it's tastes every bit as good as it looks! Totally worth it!


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