12 April 2008

Stuffed Shells

Finally, a recipe! After the ravioli fiasco (oh yeah, they definitely didn't turn out that well. Sadness... and I have all these left over wontons. What to do? What to do?), I wanted to do some sort of stuffed pasta right, so I opted for jumbo shells stuffed with ricotta cheese.

4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1/3 c mushrooms chopped
fresh basil
10 oz? ricotta
8 oz shells?

I've stopped following recipes. I took minced garlic and mushrooms and sauteed them in butter and olive oil with a little bit of salt. When they were almost done, I added some finely chopped basil and then incorporated this into the ricotta which I then put into the shells which I then covered with (gasp!) jarred tomato sauce added some mozzarella and parm over top and then baked at 375 for 15 minutes. Serve over wilted spinach and w00t. The sauce that I used was terrible. So next time I'm not going to dick around with that. I have about 5 oz of ricotta left and I'm not sure what to do with it. I was thinking about something along the lines of a berry dessert.


Johnny Banana said...

That sucks that that sauce wasn't any good. I've had good results from the meijer gold stuff before.

Anyway, try this recipe next time:

32oz ricotta
3c shredded mozzarella
1/2c parmesan
2 eggs
1 Tbs parsley
3 cloves garlic

- boil the shells
- combine everything but 1c mozzarella
- fill/pan/cover/bake
- add remaining mozzarella at the end

It might work better, maybe. I really think that not adding egg is a mistake, as the filling doesn't bind together as well as it should (it turns into a quiche like filling instead of just melting everywhere).

sarah j. gim said...

"I've stopped following recipes."

me, too. they never ever turn out when i follow them to the punctuation even, but when i just use it as a guideline (mostly for the ingredients) and then wing it, everything turns out so much better.