Freezer-Friendly Family Dinner
These delicious stuffed shells are meatless, yet hearty. An easy recipe that will have your friends and family asking for the recipe. And did I mention it’s a freezer-friendly meal? It certainly is.
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Whenever I make these stuffed shells, I’m reminded of family time around the dinner table. For example, I see Mom making dinner in our tiny little kitchen in the parsonage we lived in. And while my sister and I would be setting the table, our little brother was running around pretending he was a cowboy from the wild wild west.
For me, traditions are intensely personal and have shaped me into the person I am today. From a number of our family traditions, I’ve been able to share with family and friends so many fond memories and laughable moments. In short, traditions bring families across generations together. It’s a beautiful thing.
My mom passed this stuffed shell recipe down to me, so it’s special. In fact, I received a recipe box filled with recipes from friends and family. It’s one of my favorite wedding shower gifts. However, when I come across one that’s handwritten from my mom, I’m overwhelmed. with warm thoughts of family and tradition.
You might be surprised to find that this is a meatless dish, but it’s still incredibly filling. After having some friends over for dinner, one of them seemed to be concerned that a meal without meat would not fill her up. Paired with a salad and french bread, she was pleasantly surprised that it filled her right up.
Can you freeze Stuffed Shells?
Yes, to freeze your stuffed shells, prepare them in an aluminum pan with a cover (or use foil). When you’re ready to serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight or cook straight from the freezer. Bake at 350º F for 45-50 minutes. However, an extra hour in the oven is necessary if you’re cooking them frozen.
I’m ready to get these stuffed shells in the oven. How about you? Enjoy.
- 1 box of jumbo pasta shells
- 1 jar Ragu sauce 23.8 oz
- 1 egg
- 1 container Ricotta Cheese 15 oz
- 2-1/2 cups shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
- 2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese divided
- ¾ cup grated Parmesan Cheese divided
- 2 tbsp of dried parsley
- Cook pasta shells according to package directions and drain. Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease bottom of two 13x9x2 inch glass baking dishes.
- In a large bowl, beat egg. Stir in ricotta, cheddar cheese, 1-3/4 cups mozzarella, ½ cup parmesan, and the parsley.
- Assemble: Spread 1 cup of the pasta sauce in each of the baking dishes. Fill cooked shells with ricotta mixture. Arrange filled shells in baking dishes. Pour remaining sauce over shells. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella, parmesan, and a dash or two of parsley over the top.
- Back covered with foil until bubbly, approximately 45 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook until the cheese is melted approximately 5 minutes. Let stands for 5 minutes or so before serving.
I’d love to hear about your family traditions. What is something that comes to mind when it comes to dinner and/0r family time? Please be sure to share it in the comments below!
Gustare! “Enjoy” in Italian!
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