Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Meat Filled Jumbo Shells

I feel so fancy when I make this dish for guests, lol.

  • 1 pkg. Jumbo Shells
  • 2 lbs. Ground Beef
  • 4 Eggs Slightly Beaten
  • 3/4 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped Onion ("Food Chopper" is all I'll say, tehe)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano Leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 Cups Spaghetti Sauce
  • Cook pasta according to package directions (You never realize how much you need The Pampered Chef "5" Strainer" until you are trying to fish these suckers out of the pot without breaking them) 
  • Cool shells in a single layer on foil
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Meanwhile, in large skillet brown meat and drain
  • In large bowl stir together meat, eggs, bread crumbs, mozzarella cheese, onion, oregano, salt, and pepper
  • Fill each shell with about 2 Tablespoons of meat filling
  • Spread thin layer of sauce on the bottom of a 13" x 9" baking dish (if you are lucky enough to keep all the shells from breaking then you will need more than one baking dish)
  • Place shells in dish and cover with remaining sauce
  • Cover with foil
  • Bake for 45 minutes
Tara's Sidenote: If you are able to fill multiple baking dishes and you aren't having company over I recommend placing one of the covered dishes in the oven and the other in the freezer for a future dinner. If you freeze one then just cook it at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour when the day comes to finally cook it.

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