Unstuffed Shells Casserole

Unstuffed Shells Casserole

Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced finely
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (24 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 4 cups medium or large pasta shells, uncooked
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the beef. Drain. Add the onion and cook for a couple of minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. 
  3. Add the pasta sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes. 
  4. In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, ricotta, parmesan cheese, basil, egg, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. mix until combined well. Stir in the cooked pasta shells.
  5. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread half of the meat sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Layer the pasta shell mixture on top followed with a layer of the remaining meat sauce. 
  6. Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese and cover with foil. 
  7. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 40-45 minutes removing the foil for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Sprinkle fresh basil on top for garnish if desired.

Recipe Notes
This can be prepared a day ahead of time and baked the next day.

Source: idea inspired from Kraft. Shell filling and sauce from me!

Source : https://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/unstuffed-shells-casserole/

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