Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Beef Stuffed Shells

Eddie has been requesting a stuffed shells recipe with beef inside since I made these Cheese Stuffed Shells a while back. I found a recipe at Recipezaar and modified it to my liking.


18-20 jumbo pasta shells (about half of 12 ounce box)
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/3 teaspoon dry crushed red pepper
1/4 cup sundried tomato pesto (Classico brand)
1/4 cup basil pesto (Classico brand)
1 (26 ounce) jar pasta sauce
1/2 cup red wine (optional, but really good)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Cook pasta shells according to package directions, drain and cool.

Meanwhile, cook ground beef, onion and garlic in a large skillet until browned; drain well.

Stir crushed red pepper, tomato pesto and basil pesto into the meat mixture.

Spoon a heaping tablespoon of meat mixture into each shell. Arrange in 13 x 9 baking dish.

Combine pasta sauce and wine; pour evenly over the shells. Cover.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes. Uncover, top with cheese and bake for 5-10 more minutes.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

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