It's that time again, pasta of the month - October. I couldn't let the day pass without honoring my hubby with this great meal. Happy Birthday, my man, and many more.
|Creme brulee in Italy 5 years ago!|
Truth be told this is not his birthday dinner. It came from the archives of "not posted yet". This amazing stuffed shells recipe is a special dish you can serve to your guests!
When I was a working girl, I confess, I actually had these delivered to my door from a frozen food supplier. They were good, but not exceptionally good like homemade. I thought these would be time consuming, but if you use prepared sauce they are relatively easy and quick.
Let's pretend I used ready made sauce from a jar. (I didn't, but it's not a bad idea to streamline the recipe..) Therefore, I won't give you the sauce recipe, this time...still working on the perfect marinara/bolognese sauce! I promise, you will impress your guests as this dish comes out of the oven all cheesy and bubbly!
about 3 cups of sauce (your choice) HINT: I used to saute Italian sausage and garlic to add to the store bought sauce
about 16 large pasta shells
For the filling:
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 handful chopped Italian parsley
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 cup cubed eggplant
2-3 basil leaves chopped
ricotta cheese (15 oz container)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
For the topping:
1 handful chopped parsley
1 cup grated mozzarella
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Boil water for the pasta shells, salting it as it starts to boil. Cook them according to directions, al dente.
In a skillet, heat the oil, add onion, mushrooms and eggplant and cook until soft. In a bowl put the ricotta, basil, parsley and eggplant mixture. Add the egg and Parmesan and mix well.
|Stuffed and ready to bake|
Drain and cool the shells and stuff with the mixture. In a 9x11 baking dish spread about 1/2 cup of sauce on the bottom. Place the shells in a baking dish and pour the remaining sauce over the top, then add the mozzarella cheese and additional parsley. Bake for about 25 minutes, allow to cool slightly and serve. This dish will freeze well before the cooking process so you can make days ahead and enjoy your guests!
|Cheesy and Bubbly!! Yum!|