Monday, November 3, 2008

Stuffed Shells

1 package uncooked jumbo shells
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 jar chunky pasta sauce
1/4 cup water
8 oz. chive & onion cream cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozarella
1/2 cup parmesan
1 egg
1 to 2 Tbsp. parsley, if desired

Preheat oven to 350.

Cook & drain shells as directed on package.

In 10-inch skillet, brown ground beef on medium-high. (I season it with some Italian Seasoning and garlic salt, pepper...)

Cool slightly, about 5 min.

Pour pasta sauce (down to the top of the label) into 9x13 baking dish; add water & use measuring cup to mix the two & spread them around (this is my own variation).

In large bowl, mix cream cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella, the parmesan, egg, & ground beef.

Spoon mixture into each shell.

Arrange stuffed shells over sauce in baking dish.

Pour remaining sauce over shells, covering them completely. Cover with foil. Bake 40-45 min. or until bubbly & cheese filling is set.

Remove from oven; remove foil & sprinkle shells with remaining cheese.Bake 5-10 min. longer or until cheese is melted.

Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Eat and then be glad I have an awesome friend like Catherine who shared this recipe with me!!

p.s. These make GREAT leftovers.

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