Keleigh Stuffs Shells (not by the seashore though)
by Keleigh May on May 30th, 2014

Stuffed Shells
  • jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • box of large pasta shells
  • 1 large container ricotta chese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Boil large pasta shells as directed on the box with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Combine ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, chopped basil, salt and pepper. Once pasta has cooled to the touch, spoon cheese mixture into each pasta shell. In a greased large rectangle baking dish, pour about 1/4 cup pasta sauce on the bottom of the pan.  Place shells (open side down) in baking dish. Once pan is full of shells, place remaining stuffed shells in a gallon sized storage bag and place in the freezer.  Note: when placing shells in the freezer try not to let the shells over lap. Cover shells with remaining pasta sauce and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake covered at 350 for 45 minutes. 

Reheating Instructions: 
  • favorite jar of pasta sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350. Pour 1/2 cup of fresh pasta sauce into rectangluar baking dish. Evenly place frozen shells open side down. Cover with remaining sauce, and bake covered for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, uncover and top with 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese,  Return foil cover and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and let bake for 5 minutes uncovered. 
Joe and Tucker enjoying some (previously frozen) shells in High Point while my mom recovers from back surgery. Easy for me to cook, delicious for them to eat, win/win. 


Cook Once, Get Two Dinners!

Meet Chooks and Perry the Platypus (if you are a friend of my sister Rachel, chances are you have a bizare nickname). Perry the Platypus is the GENIOUS who came up with the name Where There's a Meal, There's a Way, and he and Chooks helped me proofread all my recipes that I submitted to Rachael Ray's Cookbook Competition. Needless to say I owed these two a meal. When I started cooking the stuffed shells, I had no plans of freezing them for use another day, but when I saw the amount of shells that wouldn't fit in my 9x13 pan, inspiration struck! What if I froze the leftovers, and brought them back to life another day? I can't tell you how many shells I've tossed over the years because they wouldn't fit in my pan, and I didn't know what else to do with them. A couple weeks after our dinner with Chooks and Perry the Platypus, Tucker and I were in High Point and in need of some easy to reheat meals. It took me less than 5 minutes to toss my frozen shells in some sauce, then all I had to do was let them bake. If I hadn't told anyone the shells had been frozen, no one would have known!! They tasted exactly like they had at our dinner 2 weeks earlier! I was nervous about freezing and reheating pasta, because I thought the pasta might be a little mushy once it was reheated, but it tasted just like fresh! Got to many leftovers and thinking about tossing them, wait because where there's a meal, there's a way!
Tucker and HIS friends, Chooks and Perry the Platypus (Caitlyn and Perry).

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