Stuffed Shells...a freezer meal that has become a fave of ours. I found the recipe at "A Bear in the Kitchen" blog a while back after hopping from blog to blog. I love that I spend an hour in the kitchen prepping the shells and get TWO meals out of it. Enjoy!
Stuffed Shells (Freezer Meal)
1 package of jumbo shells (40)
4 cups or 2 lbs small curd cottage cheese (or ricotta)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 jars spaghetti sauce - one now, one for later
Cook jumbo shells for half the recommended time on the package, until just limp. Drain and cool in a single layer on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.
Combine cheeses, eggs, parsley, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; scoop mixture into a ziplock bag and snip one of the corners off the bag and use like an icing bag to fill each shell with about 2 tablespoons of filling. Lay shells back on wax paper covered cookie sheets and freeze. Once shells are frozen put into ziplock bags (2 bags with 20 shells is how I portion it out).
Thaw shells and spaghetti sauce in the fridge overnight. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1/2 cups sauce on the bottom of the dish. Arrange shells on top of sauce and pour remaining sauce evenly over the shells. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Uncover and if desired sprinkle with some shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan; return to oven for a few minutes until cheese melts. Remove from oven and allow to stand for about 5 minutes before serving.
- to cook from frozen, follow directions as above (just using frozen shells instead of thawed) and increase cooking time to 1 hour.
- this recipe either makes 1 or 2 meals depending on your family size. I do 20 shells in a 9x13 pan with 1 jar of sauce for my family of 4 served with garlic bread and fresh salad.
- perfect for meatless Mondays and Fridays