Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Stuffed Shells & corn/cherry tomato side dish

This is a VERY simple dinner, everyone seems to love. Great for if your kids have friends, they also love it.

Boil Stuffing shells in water with a little salt till al dente. Drain & let cool. In bowl add: 1 container ricotta cheese, 1 egg, 1 package shredded Italian cheese. Then in food processor, add 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 onion, a few leaves of spinach & a few leaves of basil. Add this mixture to the bowl & salt & pepper to taste, stir all ingredients together. Spray rectangular baker with cooking spray & put marinara sauce of your choice on botton of pan to cover entire bottom with thin layer. Stuff all shells with cheese mixture. Top with some more sauce & shredded parmesan cheese. Bake 350 degrees, 1/2 hour.

Cheese Mixture:

Before being cooked:

After being cooked:

For delicious side dish, I make corn/tomato saute, salad & garlic bread.

For corn/tomato side dish, cut cherry tomatoes in half, as many as you desire, dice some shallots. Saute shallots in butter, season with salt/pepper. Add corn (1 bag frozen), a tsp of sugar. Cook a few minutes over medium heat. Add the tomatoes & cook until tender. You can also add torn basil leaves, fresh rosemary, whatever you're in the mood for to season additionally. Even balsamic vinegar if you wish. This is the dish:

Simple easy dinner, everyone loves!

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