Stuffed Shells

IMG_20130626_193955_277These shells are so easy to make and super delicious!!! I love to have a batch of these on hand to pop in the microwave for a quick after school snack or to try and fill the stomach of a 12 year old pre- teen that never seems to get full.  (forgot to take a photo before everyone dug in, but you get the idea)

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Ingredients:

1 package of shell noodles

pasta sauce of your choice

Mozzarella cheese (about 1/2 cup)

1 container of Ricotta Cheese (I used lo-fat)

Cook the shells according to the package instructions. I add a little oil to the water as it starts to boil and before adding the noodles to keep them from sticking.  Drain the noodles and let them sit for a while to cool down before handling them so you don’t burn your hands.

Once the noodles have cooled a bit.  Spray a casserole dish with non stick cooking spray and pour about a 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce in to cover the bottom.  Then put about a 1/2 tablespoon of cheese in each shell and make a single layer in your casserole dish.

IMG_20130626_151152_940Once this has been completed, pour the rest of the pasta sauce over the shells. I only used about 1/2 the jar as we don’t like them to saucy.

IMG_20130626_151304_600Next comes the mozzarella –

IMG_20130626_151301_110Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of the cheese over the shells.

IMG_20130626_151332_376Cover lightly with foil (try to make sure the foil does not touch the cheese so that it won’t stick – you can lightly spray the foil with cooking spray – this helps as well) and place in the oven at 425 degrees for 40 – 45 minutes or until cheese is melted and shells are warmed through.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

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