Thursday, May 15, 2014

Shortcut Stuffed Shells

My kids love meatballs.  This quick and crowd-pleasing recipe has saved me many times.  If I know I have to be late for an after-school appointment or meeting, I will prep this meal the night before.  The next day, my husband or babysitter will just grab it from the fridge and bake for about 45 minutes.  Everyone is happy.  Leftovers are usually plentiful and feed us another night.

  • 12 oz package of jumbo pasta shells, uncooked
  • 28 oz jar pastaa sauce, divided
  • 36 frozen Italian meatballs, thawed
  • Italian seasonings
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Cook pasta according to directions; drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. Spread 1/2 cup pasta sauce in greased 13 x 9 baking pan.
  3. Tuck a meatball into each shell; arrange shells in pan.
  4. Top with remaining sauce and sprinkle with Italian seasonings to taste; add cheese.
  5. Cover; bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes.
  6. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes. 

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20 minute prep; 45 minutes baking time
Source: a friend

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