On Wednesday, I was planning on making homemade stuffed shells for the first time, but we had leftovers from Tuesday instead.
On Thursday, I was planning on making homemade stuffed shells for the first time, but my hubby was ill from an earlier meal at Jimmy John’s so I made tuna casserole instead.
Today, was officially the day. Stuffed shells! Guess what? The husband went out with his co-workers instead so I have about 30 stuffed shells sitting in two pans in the fridge. Have I mentioned that I am not a big fan of cheese and the only reason that I was making them in the first place was for my hubby? You can imagine my delight when I learned that he would not be joining us this evening. (Sarcasm? Noooo.) He promised these shells to his grandma who just had knee replacement surgery last week and is in a rehabilitation facility less than five minutes from our house. I had to make them. She loved them, so dinner was a success! Perhaps an army of hungry people will stop by and eat the leftovers. I will keep dreaming…
Here is the link to the recipe that I started with: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/10/three-cheese-stuffed-shells-with-meaty-tomato-sauce/
I did not use parmesan. I chose shredded mozzarella instead. Also, I don’t cook with wine or even keep it in the house anymore, I just skipped it. I think it was perfectly fine without it.
Here are the garlic and onions once chopped and placed in the pan with the olive oil:
Here is the mixture of cheeses, eggs, fresh herbs, etc. before stuffing it into the shells:
Here is my pyrex 9×13 pan with a bit of sauce on the bottom (I used one 9×13 and one 8×8 or 9×9 to fit all the shells):
Once I stuffed all the shells, here is what that looked like (remember, opening should be face down):
Then, I covered everything with the rest of the sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese:
Baked it for 25 minutes and tada…stuffed shells!!!
I ate two, Michael ate three and I gave grandma about six. These are very cheesy. Make sure that you’re a fan of the cheese before attempting this dish. I’ll make it again because grandma raved, but for a party, not for dinner for three.