Thursday, March 5, 2009

Stuffed Shells

I had never made Stuffed Shells. Nope never. I actually, don't think I'd ever eaten them either.

So last weekend, after hearing lots of people talking about all different ways to make them, I decided it was time to give them a try.

Jon liked this idea! Yay!

I was thinking Italian Sausage, Cheese & Spinach.

So as usual... lots of searching through very similar recipes to come up with some kinda plan.
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Spryte's Stuffed Shells
1 box jumbo shells
1 lb mild Italian sausage
6 oz fresh baby spinach
1/2 medium onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz ricotta cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded parmesan, romano & asiago
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 heaping TBLS Italian seasoning
olive oil
Spaghetti Sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella/provolone

Cook and drain shells according to directions on package and set aside.
Pour a little olive oil in a large skillet and saute onions and garlic.
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Add Italian sausage and cook until no longer pink.
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When sausage is no longer pink, add baby spinach and cook until completely wilted.
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Set meat & spinach aside.

In a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese and egg and mix well.
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Add about a cup of shredded parmesan/romano/asiago cheese.
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Some Italian seasoning.
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About 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
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Stir until well combined.
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Stir sausage/spinach mixture into cheese mixture.
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Coat the bottom of a baking dish with enough Spaghetti Sauce to just cover it.

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Fill cooked shells with sausage/cheese mixture.
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Spoon more sauce over filled shells.
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Bake 20 - 30 minutes at 350F until heated through.

Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella & provolone cheese.
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Bake a few more minutes until cheese is golden and melty.
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It's dinner time!
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18 comments:

melissa said...

Hey, did you steal my memory stick?? Hehe. Actually, I made the same meal last week and it was extremely similar. Looks delicious!

Mom on the Run said...

These look amazing. I love cheese and meat together. I don't think that I have ever made stuffed shells either.

Donna-FFW said...

Love the combo of the sausage and spinach. As usual, I so enjoy your step by steps!!

Danielle said...

yum yum yum!!! I think that will have to go on my weekend menu :)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

For a first timer, I think you did great on your stuffed shells. Brings back childhood memories. I'm ready to dig in.

Natashya said...

I love pasta, your stuffed shells look delicious!

tamilyn said...

I've never done them with sausage, might need to experiment.

Michele said...

So funny that you made those!!! I just picked up shells last night in the store! I saw Giada make them stuffed with turkey and spinach so I would really like to try that soon!

Lookin' good!!!

Culinary Alchemist said...

I LOVE stuffed shells!! My favorite way is Turkey & Arugala or Artichoke. But I think I must try these as soon as possible... !!!! Delicious!!!

ChefBliss.com said...

You did really well. These looks WONDERFULLY delicious!

noble pig said...

They are absolutely beautiful! Wow!

Priscilla said...

I LOVE stuffed anything...yours looks delicious!

Kevin said...

Those stuffed shells look so tasty!

Spryte said...

Thanks for all the kind words!!

Peter M said...

..and now you have...they look great...beginners' luck or crafty in the kitchen? The latter me thinks.

DDpie said...

is it wrong that it's only 9 am and I'm wishing I had some right now? you go girl!

Tangled Noodle said...

I could barely make it to the end of the post, I was getting so hungry! Beautiful final shot - wish I had been there!!

doodles said...

dang girl that looks mighty good..............i've only made them with a cream sauce.