Meatball and Cheesy Shells
April 5, 2007 9:39am CST
1 pound ground beef 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs 1/4 cup milk 1 egg 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 tablespoon oil 1 cup tomato sauce, fresh or canned 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves 16 to 18 large pasta shells 1 cup ricotta cheese 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese Mix together meat, bread crumbs (moistened with milk), egg, cheese, parsley, garlic and peppers. Shape into 1 1/2-inch balls. Brown in heated oil until crisp and cooked. Meanwhile, heat tomato sauce and oregano. Keep warm. Cook shells according to package directions. Drain well. Spoon a thin coating of sauce in oiled baking dish. Fill each shell with about 1 tablespoon ricotta cheese. Arrange in dish. Place meatballs among the shells. Spoon over remaining sauce. Sprinkle with the cheeses. Bake at 375F about 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. serves 4
5 Apr 07
Oh now this also sounds very delicious as the weather here is getting a bit chilly and this will go down lovely and warm me up as I love meat balls but have never tried them with a cheesy shell so I definately will be cooking this recipe.