Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Stuffed Pasta Shells

I had this dish for the first time three or four years ago when my brother brought his then-girlfriend Ashley to the beach with our family. At the time, I didn't know the love I would one day have for Ashley, but I think her pasta shells were a strong indication of good things to come.

It's a miracle Ashley spoke to any of us after that trip. And a greater miracle that she married my brother after seeing how mad he got at his baby sister for leaving hair in the shower drain. My bad, I have a lot of hair!

My guess is that it all worked out because she cooked pasta shells for us one night. A bond was formed over cheese, pasta and marinara.

And maybe because Ashley doesn't shed as much as me during her shampoo and rinse.

My husband is also a huge fan of these pasta shells, so I made this dish for us last night. The recipe calls for ground beef, which I replaced with ground turkey. It still had plenty of flavor and was much leaner. I didn't even have to drain the meat once it browned. I recommend trying the ground turkey if for no other reason than it will save you a step in the cooking process.

Stuffed Pasta Shells

1 1b. ground beef our turkey
1 box jumbo pasta shells
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
Parmesan cheese
2 one-inch slices of Velveeta
1 can cream of mushroom
salt and pepper to taste
  • Boil pasta and set aside to cool.
  • Brown hamburger meat, drain. Add cream of mushroom soup, 3 heaping tablespoons of spaghetti sauce, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and Velveeta. Mix well.
  • Spray Pam in casserole dish and pour a little spaghetti sauce on bottom of the pan.
  • Stuff shells and place in the dish.
  • Pour spaghetti sauce on top and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Sidenote: Something terrible must have happened on Blogger because comments from the last several posts have disappeared and the order of the posts is a bit scrambled. Please don't hold me accountable! 


Catherine said...

This was always one of my favorite dishes of yours!

Oh, and I saw your pic on the Minden Press-Herald website! What a nice gift!

Stephanie Jordan said...

Thanks, Catherine! I always loved it, too!

I was hoping that picture may come and go without anyone seeing it, but I thought you might find it! I really had fun raising the money! Can't wait to do some fun St. Jude stuff this year!

Ashley Netherton said...

Hi Girls! Please don't tease me, with discussions of the Minden Press, and then leave me wondering!

MMmmm I do love my pasta shells too!! Yummo! I think that the Ground Turkey is a great idea! I can't wait to trick Chris into eating it !! I hope it goes over better thank when I tried to trick him into drinking 2% instead of Whole milk..

Stephanie Jordan said...

Whole milk makes me gag. Honestly. Eew.

I swear, if you make it without him seeing, he'll never know.

Marcus said...

I WANT TO MAKE THIS!!! lol (then proceed to eat it by myself)

Stephanie Jordan said...

We have some leftovers we're willing to share with our poor, deprived Marcus!!