Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday Tip

Sometimes even the most simple of meals can be made into something that "seems" a little bit fancy and at the same time is a big hit with everyone!

Here is one of my favorites: Stuffed Shells with Garlic Bread and Salad (basically spaghetti but much yummier!)
This meal can easily be made and doubled for freezing or even tripled or better for a larger get together. And it is the one meal that EVERYONE loves.

1lb of ground beef (to get REALLY fancy combine ground beef and italian sausage)
1 box of jumbo shell noodles (yes that is really what they are called)
1 large jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
2 cups of mozzarella cheese
I also like to add in some of my fav. Italian seasoning blend but it's up to you.

Cook up the ground beef and drain grease, return the beef to pan and add the spaghetti sauce (you can heat this up but it's not necessary)
In the meantime boil the noodles according to box and then rinse in cold water. ( These noodles have a tendency to stick so make sure to stir them.) Pre-heat the oven 350 degrees.

In a 9x13 pan smooth some of the sauce mixture into the bottom of the pan. Now here is the really fun part. Fill the noodles with your sauce mix, one by one. It doesn't have to be perfect just use a tablespoon and drop some in. Then place the filled noodle in the pan. Keep going until the pan is full of noodles. Then top the noodles with the remaining sauce mixture. And top the whole thing with your 2 cups of mozzarella. Bake for 30 min. and then serve with garlic bread and salad and you have an easy simple fancy meal!
This is a tried and true for us over the years, and there are NEVER any left overs, ever!

'til next time

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