Stuffed Shells is one of those Sunday dinner kind of recipe that makes everyone happy. Add cheese, vegetables or meat and sauce, you will have delicious meal in minutes. Stuffed Shells also make great one pot meal when you’re in a hurry.
If you do not enjoy eating stuffed shells with a lot of tomato sauce and cheese, this recipe is for you. If you do like a lot of tomato sauce and lots of cheese, then this recipe is not for you. Or if you want to try, please feel free to give it a try.
The beauty about pasta noodles is that you can practically feed a lot of people. I find pasta noodles one do the easiest ingredient to cook. Pasta noodles are versatile and cook very quickly. You don’t
Pasta and leftover meat or poultry are perfect for each other. For example, leftover roasted chicken and pasta create a complete meal. If you add spinach or mushroom, you have a complete healthy meal. It is almost as if you were making sure that you touch all the food groups in the food pyramid.
Leftovers don’t have to be meat or poultry. We cannot ignore vegetables and seafood. The addition of peas, kale, arugula are great options for vegetarians. Shrimp, oysters, and langoustines make delightful meals.
The simplicity with pasta
The recipe is simple. I feel like I say the word “simple” a lot when sharing my recipes. It is not intentional, it is simply the best way that I can explain explain how easy it is to create a meal with very few ingredients.
First you choose your prefered pasta noodles. The best way to cook pasta is to follow the directions on the packaging. You can follow any of the recipes if any are listed as well. But the only step you will need to follow is how to boil the noodles.
Once you know how to boil the noodles the rest is easy. If you just add herbs and spices, and a good olive oil, the taste may surprise. It all comes down to the type of herbs and spices you add of course.
Basil, parsley, onion or shallots, fresh garlic, ground black pepper are all you need to create a simple and easy pasta recipe. If you want to be innovative, add other ingredients. Start experimenting with different condiments and spices.
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For this recipe, I chose to cook uncured and organic ham sliced in cubes, with sweet peppers and leek in a mixture of Noubess Hot and Spicy Mango Sauce with olive oil. All the ingredients are simmered under low heat.
Once the meat mixture is completely cooked, it is then stuffed into the pasta shells with fresh mozzarella cheese. Everything then cooked in marinara sauce. I did not use a lot of marinara sauce because I don’t like my stuffed shells pasta drenched in tomato sauce.
You can choose either to use leftover meat, onion or shallots to replace the leek. You can also choose to use any store brand marinara sauce you prefer. Don’t worry if you can find marinara sauce, you can also use a tomato and basil base sauce, or any other herb tomato sauce. The key is choosing the right brand and the right ingredients to create a scrumptious meal.