this post is part of my 31 Day series. here is the beginning
Tonight was another vegetarian meal (assuming vegetarians eat cheese) and we all loved it. I'm noticing that we eat a lot of pasta though. Is that normal? Last night we had steak and rice with stir fry veggies. So..I guess pasta isn't on the menu every night.
Anyways, I adapted tonight's dinner from a recipe in my Cook Yourself Thin cookbook. I put it all together while Ollie was napping so I only had to pop it into the over 20 minutes before we were ready to eat. Sweet!!
Vegetarian Stuffed Shells
15 jumbo pasta shells
6 ounces spinach
1 medium zucchini
1 1/4 cup of ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
To start this meal, bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook 15 jumbo pasta shells for 6-7 minutes so that they're just undercooked. Drain and lay out on a greased cookie sheet to cool. Don't let them touch each other or they'll stick together and then tear when you try to fill them later!
Spread a thin layer of pasta sauce onto the bottom of an 8x8 pan. If your shells have cooled enough by now, fill each one with cheesy filling - probably 1-2 tablespoons per shell. Cover with more sauce, about 1 1/2 cups (more or less depending how you like it). Sprinkle with a little bit more parmesan, and then top with 1/2 cup mozzarella.
Every night this week Camillo has complimented how good I'm getting at cooking. I don't think I'm doing anything better than before, it's just that I'm planning ahead and putting thought into our meals. That results in some tasty dishes and it makes me feel good to know Camillo is impressed!