Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Savory Stuffed Shells

Umm...ummm good.

Made the the other night and decided to share with you guys. It's easy and does not require much ingredients. This recipe is dedicated to Harrison.


8 oz Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 box of stuff shells
1 lbs of ground beef (or less)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon of sugar
3 teaspoon of garlic salt
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
3/4 cup of chopped onions
1/4 cup chopped green peppers
5 oz of spinach (half a bag)
8 oz ricotta cheese
5.5 cups of water/4 cups of water & 1 cup of white wine
1 can Hunts pasta sauce(flavored with garlic and herb)
4 oz tomato sauce
3 tablespoons of olive oil

 Serving: 3 to 4 hungry people

Ground beef and sauce

In a small bowl add in onions, green peppers and ground beef then mix. Add to hot medium size frying pan stirring and not allowing the meat to stick to pan. Then add in 1 teaspoon of garlic salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, cinnamon and sugar.Cook until all the meat has a brown color and all the pink has disappeared.  Once the meat has been cook pour in 1 can hunt pasta sauce stir then add in 1 cup of water/wine and 2 pinches of salt. Stir, lower the temperature and cover until the sauce has thickened. Approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from stove and set aside.

At this point, put the shells to bowl in 4 cups of salted water. Do not allow to cook all the way because we will be baking in the oven. It will finish cooking in the oven. Cook half way, drain, rinse in cold water and set aside.

Ricotta cheese and spinach
In a frying pan on medium temperature, add in olive oil. Once hot, sautee the spinach for 5 to 6 minutes until it has wilted down. Then stir in the ricotta cheese. Add in the half of cup of water and stir. Add in a pinch of salt. Allow to cook for 5 minute on the medium temperature until you have a thick consistency. Remove from stove and mix into the ground beef and sauce. Set aside.

Putting it all together
At this point the pasta shells should be warm to touch.
In a small bowl add in the remaining pasta sauce and tomato sauce, mix.


We are using a 9 x 13 baking pan. Ladle and coat the baking pan with pasta tomato sauce. Take one shell in one hand using your other hand spoon in the ground beef and ricotta cheese mixture in the empty shell. Place the stuffed shell on top of the sauce. Repeat and do this until all the shells have been filled. Drizzle remaing oil over shells. Ladle remaining tomato sauce and ground beef on top of shells.  Sprinkle and coat with cheese.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes.

Fresh out of the oven

Once you've removed the pan from the oven allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving. This will allow for everything to set and come together before serving.

Almost gone.


  1. hey barabara, just felt i should at least say hi and thanks for all the reciepes since i've been following your blog for quite some now and appreciate all the your posts, lolol...

    i'm a haitian male living away from home and so your posts/recipes help me to make some of the food that i used to eat when i was growing up.

    thank again!!!

  2. Thank you for this kind post. I am very happy to know that my posts and recipes are helping you stay connected to home. I appreciate you leaving this cooment.

  3. I just made it tonight..wish I could add a picture for you to see. Thank you! It was good and I only made it all for me lol!!

  4. Wow. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed it. Love this comment!!