Friday, February 24, 2012

Stuffed Shells

This is one of the dishes Momma fixed when we were growing up that had all of us kids drooling at the mere mention of stuffed shells. When I went off to college and finally drug my butt home from time to time, this is what I would always ask for. 
  • 1 box jumbo shells
  • 1 lb. hamburger meat*
  • 1 lb. pork sausage
  • 1 large can** of spaghetti sauce, seasoning your choice
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large colored bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

In a large pot, cook shells as directed on the box.

In a skillet cook meats until browned. Drain grease and pour into a bowl. Saute onions and peppers until almost tender and add mushrooms. Stir in minced garlic. Heat through. Mix veggies with meat mixture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Lightly cover the bottom of a 9x13 and a 8x8 baking dish with spaghetti sauce. Fill each shell with a large spoonful of the meat and veggie mixture. Place in dish and continue filling until done. Divide remaining spaghetti sauce over tops of stuffed shells. Sprinkle shredded cheese over both baking dishes.
Heat  until cheese is melted. Serve with a salad and garlic bread.

*Substitute beef and pork with ground turkey meat for a healthier version!
**Keep another can handy in the event you want more sauce than we like.

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