Ground Turkey and 3 Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Turkey and  3 cheese stuffed pasta shells

Tired of plain old spaghetti and are looking for a fun pasta dish? I have just the right recipe for you "Stuffed pasta shells" I have always ignored the boxes of jumbo pasta shells in the grocery store because I found them intimidating. Last weekend I was feeling adventurous so I finally decided to try the jumbo shells. These large pasta shells can be stuffed with a variety of ingredients from ricotta cheese to crab meat .This recipe is made with a meat sauce and as always I substituted ground beef for ground turkey.

I have to say I was extremely surprised by how relatively easy this dish was to prepare .It is a great dish to make with your children because they will love stuffing the ingredients into the shells. It is absolutely delicious and I enjoyed making it.
Ingredients

20 jumbo pasta shells
1 lb ground turkey
1 jar tomato sauce (I used Whole Foods sun dried tomato and basil sauce)
1 small medium onion chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp fresh rosemary finely chopped
1 tsp  fresh thyme  finely chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp onion powder
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese.(I used Trader Joe's brand which had a little cheddar cheese included)
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 egg
5 button mushrooms chopped into small pieces
1 cup frozen spinach thawed and drained
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
  • Start by boiling pasta shells in a large saucepan. Add salt and 1 tsp olive oil to prevent pasta from sticking together. After pasta is cooked , drain and set aside to cool.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan and saute' mushrooms for about 2 minutes. Add onions, garlic, rosemary and thyme to pan . Saute' till onions are translucent for about 3 minutes

  • Add ground turkey to pan and cook for about 8 mins until turkey is fully cooked. Add tomato paste, onion powder and 1 cup tomato sauce and cook for another 2 minutes.When turkey mixture is cooked set aside and start working on ricotta mixture.
  •  Mix 11/4 cup mozzarella, Parmesan, ricotta, spinach, beaten egg and pepper in a bowl.

  • The ricotta mixture should look like the picture below. Trust me it tastes better than it looks.

  • Spoon a tbsp of ricotta mixture into each pasta shell and then follow with a tablespoon of the turkey mixture. Place each stuffed pasta shell over a layer 1 1/2 cup tomato sauce in a baking dish. I did not have one so I used a roaster. Don't judge, I broke the last shallow baking dish I had.

  • Arrange pasta shells like the picture below.
  • Pour a thin layer of the tomato sauce over the pasta shells and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake for 20 minutes and serve.


    • Dinner is ready to serve !

    
    Ground turkey and 3 cheese stuffed pasta shells
    

     
    

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