I LOVE Italian food. My first date with my husband was to the Pasta Factory, so I have a soft spot for oosey, cheesy, saucy pasta. I have to say, that Lasagna is probably by favorite dinner, however, that takes time, lots of time. These stuffed shells have all that yummy, cheese lasagna flavor, but with like 1/2 the work!
Simple Stuffed Shells
10-12 jumbo pasta shells
1 cup ground beef
2 cups cottage cheese
1/2 cup + 1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 tsp italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cups Pasta sauce (I'll post my homemade recipe later, but you can use Ragu or Prego)
Cook pasta shells in boiling water according to package directions, and brown ground beef in a pan until no longer pink.
In a bowl, mix together cottage cheese, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, egg, ground beef and seasonings.
Spoon the mixture into the cooled shells and place them facing up in a baking dish. Cover with pasta sauce and the remaining 1 cup of cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 for 20 minutes. remove the foil, and bake for an additional 10 minutes.