Baked Shotgun Shells

Background and History

Baked Shotgun Shells, also known as stuffed shells, is a delightful Italian-American dish that has become a comfort food favorite. Originating from traditional Italian recipes, this pasta dish is characterized by large pasta shells filled with a flavorful mixture of cheeses, herbs, and sometimes meat. It has gained popularity for its rich taste and versatility.

Ingredients

Jumbo Pasta Shells

Around 20 pieces.

Ricotta Cheese

2 cups.

Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

2 cups.

Parmesan Cheese

1 cup (grated).

Egg

1, beaten.

Fresh Parsley

1/4 cup, chopped.

Salt and Pepper

To taste.

Marinara Sauce

3 cups (store-bought or homemade).

Ground Meat (Optional)

1/2 pound, cooked and seasoned.

Serves

6-8

Time

Preparation Time

20 minutes

Cooking Time

25-30 minutes

Total Time

Approximately 50 minutes

Instructions

Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Boil Pasta Shells

Cook the jumbo pasta shells according to package instructions until al dente.

Drain and let them cool.

Prepare Filling

In a bowl, mix ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, beaten egg, chopped parsley, salt, and pepper.

If using ground meat, mix it into the cheese mixture.

Stuff Pasta Shells

Carefully stuff each pasta shell with the cheese mixture, ensuring they are well-filled.

Assemble in Baking Dish

Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce on the bottom of a baking dish.

Arrange the stuffed shells in the dish.

Pour the remaining marinara sauce over the shells.

Bake

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the shells are heated through.

Serve

Garnish with additional Parmesan and parsley before serving.

Nutrition Facts

(Values may vary based on specific ingredients and variations)

Calories: ~400 per serving

Protein: ~20g

Fat: ~15g

Carbohydrates: ~45g

Notes

Customize the filling with your favorite herbs or add vegetables for extra flavor.

Experiment with different types of cheese for a unique twist.

This dish can be prepared in advance and baked just before serving.

Allergy Warning

Check ingredients for potential allergens, especially if using pre-packaged marinara sauce or cheese blends.

Adjust the recipe to accommodate specific dietary restrictions or allergies.

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