Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween and Stuffed Shells

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! We had a good night. Our son, Joshua, decided to stay home and pass out candy while we took Hudson up to town to see the Halloween parade. Halfway into our trip we looked back and noticed the young one just staring off. I figured that he was taking in all the decorations on Main Street and the costumes were catching his eye. My husband realized a couple moments later that he was actually falling asleep while sitting in the wagon. Upright and in his costume he was dazing off and not even getting fussy. We had to take pictures.

I guess it was just a really nice walk after stuffing himself with our Stuffed Shells. It's really easy and alot better than pizza or McDonalds.

Make sure to check on your shells, they will stick to the bottom. Even with olive oil in the water.

Prepare your cheese stuffing while you're waiting impatiently on the shells to boil. What's better than a whole bunch of cheese stuffed into pasta??

I use jarred pasta sauce. I don't have time or a good recipe for homemade. Yet. I like Rao's Vodka Sauce. But you can use whatever you like. Put about a half of a jar on the bottom of you baking vessel. Enough to coat the bottom.

So when you're trying to take pictures, get Halloween candy put in baskets and dress the kids. One is going to be ignored. Thus the lack of pictures. Bake for 15 minutes and kick the kids out the door. At least when the OD on candy they have lots of cheese to coat their stomachs.

Simple easy Stuffed Shells.

1 12 oz box jumbo shells
1 24oz ricotta cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 tsp basil
1 tsp parsley
3 cups mozzarella
1-2 jars pasta sauce

Boil shells for 15 minutes until al dente. In mixing bowl, combine ricotta, 3/4 cup of Parmesan, 2 cups of mozzarella, egg, basil and parsley. Pour 1/2 jar of pasta sauce on bottom on baking dish. Stuff shells with cheese mixture. Lay down over sauce. Pour remaining pasta sauce over stuffed shells. Top with the rest of the Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake for 25-30 minutes.