Saturday, 17 January 2015

Meaty Cheesy Stuffed Shells


I have seen so many stuffed shell recipes on so many blog sites and drooled over them over the last 12 months and really wanted to try them but I had to find the giant shells.  Supermarket? no, Costco? no, Bibina (speciality store here in Newcastle)? YES!!!!  So you will find them in speciality stores generally your Italian deli's etc., for those at home try Lucky's in Frankston (if it is still there).

You can really fill these with anything you like, ricotta and spinach, four cheese filling, turkey Bolognese, mushroom ragout, ricotta cheddar bacon and onion, now my mouth is watering with the possibilities.

You could even pre prepare these in foil tins with a lid and freeze them.


Use the filling of your choice, I used a basic Bolognese, this would be a good way to use left over Bolognese.

Cook your shells in salted boiling water for a minute less than required on the packet, as they will finish cooking in the oven, you don't want mushie shells!

In your oven dish or foil pan, lay a base of either your meat sauce or a nice tomato sauce.
Lay your cooked shells evenly over your base, try to keep them open for easier filling.

Place a little grated cheese in each shell.

Fill with desired filling.
Sprinkle with grated tasty cheese.  If you are going to freeze for later meals this is the stage to put the lid on label it and freeze.

Place in the oven and bake at approx. 180C for 20 to 30 minutes.

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