Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pioneer Woman's Stuffed Shells

It took me two dishes including one 9x13 to make this!
Last night, I really didn't have an idea of what to make which is a rarity since I typically meal plan on Sundays.  I definitely wanted to run after work so I needed something pretty easy to do for dinner.  When The Pioneer Woman put this recipe on her blog yesterday, I knew that was it.  Plus it would make enough for lunches the rest of the week. 

I'm going to post her recipe below but as you all know, she does step by step pictures and instructions (hence the reason I pretend I can cook) so here is that link.  I used everything light/part skim, plus I think this makes more than 8 servings.  Not the healthiest meal but okay if portion sizes are limited and we served with a salad instead of her recommendation of bread (gosh I love the PW!).

Recipe: Three Cheese-Stuffed Shells with Meaty Tomato Sauce

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour30 Minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 8

■8 ounces, weight Jumbo Pasta Shells
■30 ounces, weight Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
■8 ounces, weight Parmesan Cheese, Grated, Divided
■½ cups Grated Romano Cheese
■1 whole Egg
■12 leaves Basil, Chiffonade
■2 Tablespoons Minced Parsley
■Salt And Pepper, to taste
■2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
■½ whole Medium Onion, Chopped
■5 cloves Garlic, Minced
■½ pounds Italian Sausage (I used hamburger meat since I already had it and she said that was ok)
■½ cups Red Wine
■1 whole 28 Ounce Can Crushed Tomatoes
■1 whole 15-ounce Can Crushed Tomatoes
■2 Tablespoons Sugar
■½ teaspoons Salt
■2 Tablespoons Minced Parsley

Preparation Instructions

Cook pasta shells for half the cooking time; make sure not to overcook. Drain and rinse in cool water. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and saute for a minute or two. Add Italian sausage and brown, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks. Pour in red wine and let it cook for a minute or two.

Pour in cans of crushed tomatoes and stir. Add sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 30 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Check for seasonings; can add crushed red peppers if you like a little heat.

In a separate bowl, mix ricotta, half the Parmesan, Romano, egg, salt and pepper, basil, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Stir until combined.

To assemble, coat the bottom of a baking dish with sauce. Fill each half-cooked shell with the cheese mixture. Place face down on the sauce. Repeat with shells until cheese mixture is gone. Top shells with remaining sauce. Sprinkle on extra Parmesan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Serve with crusty French bread.


  1. Yum! My mother used to make these often when I was younger. I will have to try them! I love the PW and met her a few weeks ago :)

  2. This looks yummy Annie! I made a similar version the other night, I will have to try this! Just found your blog, so cute!