When I think of my childhood Sunday’s, I remember church in the morning, taking my great grandmother grocery shopping (a box of cookies always included for me!), reading the funnies, and dinner back at her house which smelled like we had walked into a local trattoria! While Sunday’s might not alllllways be filled with this much nostalgia in our house, this dish will certainly give your home the feeling of family.
I make it in the same baking dish my great grandmother did and I am convinced that it gives it just a bit more of the perfect flavoring. But don’t worry if you don’t have my grandma’s pan, a quick, simple recipe, this will still most certainly be one of the easiest you’ll ever make with a delicious return! Here’s my recipe for Simple Stuffed Shells.
1 box large shells, cooked al dente (about 8 minutes), and laid out to cool on a lined baking sheet (a drizzle of EVOO keeps them pliable)
3-4 cups of Sunday gravy (or store bought marinara)
4 cups ricotta
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, plus more to top
1 cup parmesan, plus more to top
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Pinch of nutmeg
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine ricotta, eggs, cheeses, Italian seasoning, nutmeg, a dash of salt and pepper, and a drizzle of EVOO in a large bowl.
Lay a few spoonfuls of sauce down on the bottom of of a 8×11 baking dish. Carefully fill each shell with a spoonful of ricotta filling. Top with enough sauce to cover shells and sprinkle with more mozzarella. Bake about 35-40 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Sprinkle a handful more of Parmesan cheese and broil a few minutes until browned on top. Let stand for 5 minutes and serve.
This is a perfect dish to make extras and freeze! Leave off the topping cheeses and cover with plastic wrap and foil. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking. I always serve with a little extra warmed sauce to dip with 🙂
We learned in the making of this meal that my son is a huge fan of ricotta, but then again, who isn’t?! From our Sunday home to yours, mangia!
Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodetarian