Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Recipe of the Week

This recipe has become a Wednesday staple
for the bf and I. Prep and cooking time
totals about a half hour, and it goes by
even quicker with two people
and a bottle of wine.

This recipe is wonderful because it is
so flexible. We add sweet italian sausage
and dinosaur kale, but you can add just
about anything.

Wednesday Night Stuffed Shells

*Medium pasta shells (as many as you need)
*1 24 oz jar of marinara sauce
*1 container of ricotta (we just use 15oz and that seems to work out)
*1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
*1 c grated mozzarella
kosher salt and black pepper

dinosaur kale
1 sweet italian sausage

-Set an oven rack to the highest position and heat
to 400F.

-Cook the pasta according to the package directions,
drain and run under cold water until cool.

-Spread the marinara sauce in the bottom
of a large broilerproof baking dish

- If you are adding in the sausage and kale
precook them in a large pan until the
sausage is just cooked and the kale
is wilted. About 6 minutes.

-In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, parmesan,
1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, kale and sausage.
Spoon the mixture into the shells and place them
on top of the sauce. Sprinkle with the mozzarella
and bake until the shells are heated through.
10-12 min

-Increase heat to broil. Broil the shells until the cheese
begins to brown. 2-5 min.

(We also like to add some more sauce to the top
before adding the mozzarella cheese. This way
the broiler won't make the shells too crispy.)

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