Stuffed Pasta Shells

November 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Posted in Hamburger, Italian, Main Dish | Leave a comment


9 uncooked pasta shells

1/2 pound hamburger

3/4 cup cottage cheese

1 egg, beaten

1 tbsp. onion powder (or you can use onions, maybe 1/4 cup)

2 minced garlic cloves

salt and pepper

1 tbsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 cup pasta sauce (I cheated and used jar sauce, it was Five Cheese Pasta Sauce from Bertolli)

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1 cup pasta sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray an 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray.

Prepare pasta shells according to package directions; Barilla said to boil them for nine minutes.  I typically don’t follow directions well, so I boiled them for less.  My thinking is that they’ll bake in the oven and if they’re too soft, they’ll fall apart.

Brown hamburger and sprinkle with garlic, onion powder (or add onions if your family doesn’t mind them), Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

Mix beaten egg and cottage cheese with 1/4 cup of the pasta sauce.  Add this to the browned meat.

Mix well.

Drain pasta and fill shells with a heaping tablespoon of the meat and cheese mixture.

Top with remaining pasta sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Cover with foil and bake for about 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes, remove foil and bake for another five minutes, or until cheese is browned a bit and really melted well.

You can never have too much cheese.  Serve with additional Parmesan.  We had salad, too, you can see it on the right hand side of the pasta dish.

Might need to try it with a tomato sauce next time, although like I said a minute ago, you can never have too much cheese.

OH and this was another one of those hand-written recipes with no credit.  There are a few of them in my kitchen drawer.  One of these days I’ll figure out where they came from.


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