Gentle Friends, how about a dish inspired by the Frugal Gourmet . I used to make it frequently, and since the mild Italian sausage was on sale this weekend I decided to make a pan of Stuffed Shells. Here ya' go......
1 to 1 1/2 lbs of mild Italian sausage - browned with some chopped garlic and crumbled
1 package frozen chopped spinach
1 1/2 cups drained large curd cottage cheese or ricotta
1/2 box large shells - cooked al dente
1 jar sauce - or store bought or homemade
Grated Mozzarella cheese
Cook the shells.....
Mix together first 4 ingredients.....
I like to use cottage cheese instead of ricotta, I also drain and rinse off the whey before adding - you can also add at this point some Parmesan cheese to the mix or leave it out ( if I have some I add it)
Spread a layer of sauce in the bottom of your pan and then start filling the shells......
I usually cook the entire box of shells to make sure I get enough whole shells - I use a Corning roaster pan to make this in, as it is shallow enough for a single layer.
When the pan is full spread the remaining sauce over the shells and then cover in grated cheese.
I then cover the pan with foil and cook in a 325 degree over for about 30 minutes until it is hot and bubbly - then remove the foil and brown the cheese, that takes a couple of minutes .......
... I let it sit for a few minutes and the serve with a salad - it freezes well and is even better the next day for lunches.
That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!