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Stuffed Shells Bolognese

Stuffed Shells Bolognese

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This recipe is from a 2018 issue of Food Network magazine. My daughter asked if we could make this and it was a big hit! I rarely make stuffed pastas but I really do enjoy them and the Bolognese sauce was delicious! Image from


  • Kosher salt

  • 16-20 jumbo pasta shells (about 6 ounces)

  • 2 TSP extra-virgin olive oil

  • 8 oz extra-lean ground beef

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes

  • 3 TBS tomato paste

  • 1 1/2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Freshly ground pepper


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta shells and cook as the label directs. Reserve 1 & ½ cups cooking water, then drain the pasta and rinse under cold water; set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook, breaking up the meat, until browned, 5 minutes. Add the garlic; cook 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium; add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup of the reserved pasta water and ½ tsp salt. Let simmer while you stuff the shells (see step 4), about 5 minutes, adding more pasta water if the sauce gets too thick.
  • Preheat the broiler.
  • Mix the ricotta, egg, ¼ cup shredded cheese, ½ tsp salt and a few dashes of pepper in a bowl. Stuff 1 TBS of the mixture into each shell; arrange seam-side up in the skillet, if using an oven proof skillet. If you don’t have an oven proof skillet, spoon half the sauce into the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish, place the shells in the baking dish, then spoon the extra sauce around the shells. Top with the remaining ¼ cup shredded cheese; broil until bubbling, 5 minutes, watching carefully since the broiler can go very quickly! Remove from oven and enjoy!

Total Cost of meal

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef= $1.50
    Pasta shells= $1.50
    Crushed tomatoes & paste, egg, garlic= $1.75
    Ricotta cheese & shredded cheese= $2.75
    Total Cost for 4 Meals = $7.50
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