About a month ago, I told you all about my fall menu plans for 2015. In the post, I talked about how I hoped to get to do some cooking sometime in the near future. Well, last night, I finally got to do just that!
Now, I must confess... I didn't do it all by myself. I know that might sound a little lame to some, but it's been a while, and I'm still kind of a rookie. It is something I am very interested in, and I am determined to learn and become a better cook by the end of this year!
My mom and I have been spending a lot of time with each other lately, and we are really getting along great these days. It was so much fun getting to hang out, and do some cooking together.
We decided to start with her classic Stuffed Shells recipe. It's one of our old time favorites, and it's one we hadn't had in a long time.
Even though she did help, I did most of it myself. She just mostly observed,
and directed me.
So... here is the recipe for Mom's Classic Stuffed Shells!
1 8oz Rocotta Cheese -Galbani is a good choice-
1/2 a bag of Mozzarella Cheese -Sargento is one we really enjoy-
2 tsps Italian Seasoning -we just use Kroger brand-
1 Jar of Spaghetti sauce, or you can do what we did and use my mom's left over homemade spaghetti sauce.
First thing you need to do is boil water in a large pot like ours. You need 4 quarts of water for each 12 ounces of dry jumbo shells, and add a little salt. Next add the shells to the boiling water -separate the shells before adding them-. Keep the water to a pretty good boil. Once they have been added, start stirring the shells around. Stir often so the shells don't stick to the bottom. Cook the shells for 8 minutes.
Once you have cooked the shells, you will need to drain them. DO NOT RINSE! Make sure to get all of the water out, they need to be well drained. Once you have drained the shells, let them cool off for a minute or so.
Next, you will need an oven proof baking pan, and you will need to spray
the pan with vegetable oil, cooking spray. Once your shells are drained, lay them out on some paper towel, or you could use a plate. Pre-heat the oven at 350.
Next... mix the Rocotta and the mozzarella together in a medium sized bowl. Sprinkle it with Italian Seasoning -use about 2 tsps-. Spread the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the pan. Then start stuffing the shells.
Stuff each shell, and then put them into the baking dish on top of the sauce. Spread the rest of the spaghetti sauce on top of the shells, and then sprinkle more mozzarella on top of that.
Put the dish into the oven and bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes.
Here is how it turned out!
It didn't photograph very well. Sorry about that, but it turned
We also had some yummy garlic bread with it.
We ate our dinner, and watched one of my all time favorite shows... the Facts of Life! It doesn't get any better than that!
The great thing about this dish is it is even better the next day. You can heat it up for lunch, or have it again for dinner the next evening.
The only negative thing, I had some heartburn, and didn't get a lot of sleep. So make sure you have some tums for your tummy! It's pretty saucy!
Other than the heartburn, it was a lot of fun! I really love getting to spend all this time with my momma. I'm not nearly as good of a cook as she is, but considering I hadn't done it in a long time, and I'm still somewhat of a newb, I think I did a decent job. It did help having her there to guide me through it.
I am looking forward to doing it again soon! Maybe next time I'll do pasta, and I'll share my moms awesome pasta sauce with you. Then you can use the leftover
sauce for the stuffed shells!
sauce for the stuffed shells!
If you decide to give it a try, let me know how it turns out!
Do you cook? What is one of your favorite recipes?
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