STUFFED SHELLS

STUFFED SHELLS

These stuffed shells are just wonderful.  They are so delicious, it’s like you have an Italian eatery in your kitchen.  They are easy to make and make a stunning presentation when served.  You can add your favorite side dish, and you have a wonderful meal.  Make sure to put this one in your favorites!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE STUFFED SHELLS:

1 1/2 pounds of ground Sirloin

Garlic Salt – to taste

Seasoned Pepper – to taste

Seasoned Salt – to taste

1/2 of a sweet yellow onion – chopped

1 heaping teaspoon of minced garlic

1 Tablespoon of Italian Seasoning

1 teaspoon of sweet basil

1 teaspoon of ground Oregano

2 heaping Tablespoons of Brown Sugar

2 cans of Tomato sauce – 8 ounces – See Instructions – only 1 can goes in the Meat Sauce
1 Package of Jumbo Shells

Water – to boil shells

Olive Oil

Parmesan Cheese – to top

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:In a heavy bottom skillet, brown the ground Sirloin, until it’s completely done, no pink is visible, and it’s a golden brown. Drain the fat from the skillet, and add the onion.  Cook for 5 minutes, until slightly browned.  Sprinkle the Sirloin with Garlic salt, seasoned salt, and seasoned pepper, and stir well. Sprinkle the Italian Seasoning, Sweet basil, and Oregano over the Sirloin, and stir to blend well.  Add the can of tomato sauce, brown sugar, and minced garlic, and stir well.  Turn heat to low, and simmer. 

In a large Pot, or Roaster, add enough water to fill the pot/roaster about 3/4 full.  Sprinkle the water with a little Olive Oil, and bring to a boil.   Turn heat to Medium, and add the Shells, and cook for 9 minutes (Do not over cook the shells – you want them Al Dente (a little firm) so that they’re easy to stuff).  When the 9 minutes is up, drain the water from the pot/roaster, into a large Colander, leaving the shells in the colander to drain for 2 minutes. 

SAUCE – While the Shells are draining, open the second can of Tomato sauce, and pour into a bowl.  Add about 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, and a sprinkle or two of ground oregano, and a heaping Tablespoon of brown sugar, and salt with Garlic salt.  Stir well to dissolve brown sugar in tomato sauce and blend in spices.

In the bottom of a 9 X 13 dish, place enough of the Tomato sauce to coat the bottom of the dish.  Place the Colander close to the dish, and place the skillet next to the Colander with the Shells. Taking one Shell at a time, stuff the Shell with a heaping teaspoon of the Meat Sauce mixture, and place the shells in the dish on top of the Tomato sauce.  Continue stuffing the shells, and placing them in the dish until the dish is full.  Spoon the rest of the Tomato sauce over the shells, and cover with Parmesan Cheese.  Place the dish in the Oven at 400 degrees, for approximately 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, and golden brown.  Remove from the oven, and let cool for 2 minutes.
Serve with your favorite side dish.  Enjoy
Makes 8 – 10 servings

NOTE:  If you like more tomato sauce than the recipe calls for, simply double the Sauce recipe, and that should be plenty to coat the dish, and top the shells. 

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