Friday, March 14, 2008

Jumbo Stuffed Shells

Jumbo Stuffed Shells
Serving: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

1 (12-ounce) package jumbo shells
1 1/2 pounds ground beef or I use ground Itailan Sausage
2 egg whites
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
1 (8-ounce) package part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

For Tomato Sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups tomato juice
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

For Tomato Sauce:
1. In skillet, saute onion in olive oil until tender. Add remaining ingredients; simmer 10 minutes.

For Stuffed Shells:
1. Cook pasta shells according to directions on package omitting oil; drain and set aside.

2. In skillet, cook sirloin until done. Drain any excess fat. Combine with remaining ingredients except cheese. Stuff shells with filling. Pour half the Tomato Sauce in a 2-quart baking dish.

3. Arrange stuffed shells on top and cover with remaining sauce.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and continue baking for 10 minutes longer.

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