Stuffed Shells with Beef & Feta

 

Beef & Feta Stuffed ShellsI think the key to making delicious weekday meals is being able to use whatever you might happen to have in your house because let’s face it, stopping at the store in the late afternoon sounds like a great idea in the MORNING… but not so much after a long day. So if you can find a nice meal to make with what you just have lying around, your life becomes much easier. Stuffed shells is certainly one of those things! It’s simply a matter of boiling some shells in water, throwing some fillings in a pan, and baking for about 20 minutes. You can even stuff the shells and save the baking for another time of day, or another day altogether!

This time around, I happened to have some frozen homemade meatballs, (ground beef is also great), and some ricotta cheese. I had never heard of this combo before but figured I’d give it a shot. WOWWWWW was it good!!!!!! I’m SOOO happy I tried it. Other filling options include cheeses, (mozzarella, ricotta, cottage, cream cheese, any combo of them mixed together), spinach, sausage, chicken, I mean anything you want really- a great way to use up some stuff your fridge and whip up a delicious homemade meal at the same time 🙂  But for the record, the beef and feta mixture was just deemed to be a KEEPER by my husband and I have to say I completely agree.

Stuffed Shells with Beef & Feta
Serves: 4 Servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. Ground beef
  • 2 cups feta cheese
  • 3½ cups spaghetti sauce
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 cup diced onions (optional)
  • 16 pasta shells
Instructions
  1. Add onions, garlic, and beef to saucepan and cook on medium heat until beef is browned. Drain if necessary.
  2. Mix in 1 cup feta cheese and 1½ cups spaghetti sauce and heat on low.
  3. Boil water, and cook shells according to package instructions. Drain and place on wax paper to cool.
  4. When cool enough to handle, spoon filling inside each one.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Spoon some sauce on bottom of (12 x 9 in.) baking dish and place each shell on bottom, seam side down.
  7. Top with remaining sauce and sprinkle with 1 cup feta cheese. Cook, covered for about 20 minutes. You can cook uncovered for additional 10 minutes if desired.
  8. Spoon onto serving plates, serve with warm bread if desired and yahoooo! You have dinner 🙂