Diane's Stuffed Shells

Author: Canadian Living

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : fris992002


  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red pepper finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup canned herbed crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups canned tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 20 pasta shells cooked according to package directions
  • 1 cup light ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup 2% cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 5 basil leaves chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach well drained
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


To roast garlic cut off a small bit of the top to expose the garlic, sprinkle with the 1 tsp olive oil . Wrap in foil and place in a prehetaed 400 F oven for approx 25-30 minutes. SAUCE: In a saucepan heat the olive oil add onions and red peppers and sweat over a low heat until soft.About 5 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, Italian seasonings and brown sugar. Simmer over a low heat while preparing pasta and filling. PASTA: Cook shells following directions on package making sure to slightly undercook. Drain well in a colander.

STUFFING: In a medium sized bowl combine ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese,Basil , thyme, spinach, roasted garlic, sundried tomatoes,mushrooms ,oregano and chili powder. Mix well. Stuff each shell with approximatly 2 heaping teaspoons of stuffing mixture. In a 9 x 13 pan pour 2-3 cups of the sauce, then palce filled shells on top and spoon remaining sauce over the shells. Sprinkle the 2 cups of Mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan over all. Cover with foil making sure to tent so the foil does not stick to the cheese topping. Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes, remove foil and cook another 10 minutes. remove from oven and let this sit for about 10 minutes
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Diane's Stuffed Shells