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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Featured Recipe: Stuffed Shells

Last night we were spoiled big time. Our good friend Brittany brought us dinner because we had a baby…8 weeks ago. She felt bad that she didn’t get dinner to us sooner, but that’s silly. It was AWESOME getting dinner now. What a treat, and still a huge help. Just because Anna isn’t a few days old doesn’t mean we’re not tired or in need of a yummy meal. 🙂

ANYWAY, Brit made us the BEST stuffed shells I’ve ever had. You all really must try them! (recipe is at the end of this post.) Brit also brought blueberries & whipped cream for dessert. She added a bit of hazelnut syrup to the cream in addition to sugar and vanilla. It was AWESOME. Good tip, Brit!

BIG THANKS to Brittany and all of our friends who have brought meals over since Anna was born. I can’t tell you how GRATEFUL we are and how great all your food was!!!

I also need to share another Brittany creation with you today. We went to her house for the Super Bowl, where we had lots of fun (despite the game) and lots of great food. What I really wanted to share with you was Brittany’s table runner: real grass! That’s right, in honor of the Super Bowl, she actually bought sod and put it on her table. It was an adorable and affordable idea for a Super Bowl party. I forgot my camera, but Brit let me borrow hers to grab a couple shots…much to everyone else’s annoyance. “Hold on! You can’t eat yet! I need to take tons of pictures of the food that’s quickly growing cold!” Yup, I think everyone was wishing Brittany didn’t have a camera for me to use. 🙂 Oh, and that’s my guacamole and chex mix!


Featured Recipe: Stuffed Shells
Recipe type: Main Dish
- 1 pound jumbo shells(about 20) (cook to package directions)

- Olive oil
- ½ pound pancetta, ¾”³ pieces

Cook..and add to”¦

- 2 pounds spinach-washed and drained
- 15 ounces whole milk ricotta
- 1 cup asiago
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon fresh nutmeg

Put a large spoonful of mix in each shell..

- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 clove minced garlic

Cook one minute in saucepan..or until fragrant..Then add”¦
- 1 cup cream

Turn to low”¦
- 2 cups asiago cheese (1/2 c. at a time)
- ¼ cup fresh parsley
- ¼ teaspoon pepper

Top shells with some asiago and cook 25 minutes @ 350. Drizzle some sauce on shells before cooking and more when its done!! Fits in two 8×8 pans.



  1. 1

    I completely agree that meals are needed just as much (and sometimes more) awhile after the baby has been born. I was far more tired after a month or two of near sleepless nights than I was at the beginning of the mom adventure.

    Those shells look yummy!

  2. 2

    In my neighborhood, we sometimes (at the mom’s request) will do dinner drops for the first couple of weeks after she’s gone back to work instead of the first two weeks that the baby is home.

  3. 3

    The shells and the grass both look fabulous. Oh, and your guac too. 🙂

  4. 4

    oh my delicious! i’ve got to try that stuffed shell recipe (as soon as i can afford pancetta and good cheese)–you’ve got to make priorities though.

  5. 5

    That dinner sounds amazing! We’ve been sticking hazelnut in the whipped cream like your friend did and then putting it on our hot chocolate. So tasty!

  6. 6
    Patricia Scarpin

    My goodness, this looks yummy! I love stuffed pasta shells and haven’t had any in ages…

  7. 7
    We Are Not Martha

    Wow, I wish someone would bring that dinner to me! And congrats on your little baby girl 🙂

  8. 8

    Funny you mention this recipe…I’ve been craving a good baked pasta recipe this week. They are difficult to find–at least the really good ones. Thanks for sharing this! I definitely am going to try it. One question though, how much sauce do you put on before baking and how much after?

    P.S. If you loved baked pasta, try the Baked Ziti with Spinach & Tomatoes on Epicurious.

  9. 9
    Jane Maynard

    brittany just put a dab on each shell before baking. actually, I liked the sauce a lot and may double it myself and put a bit more than a dab…but make sure you have enough for after as well. it was nice to have the sauce to add after it baked. hope that helps!

    loving all your comments! thank you!

  10. 10
    Gina Lee

    What a cute idea! I’m using that one next year. I love all your white bowls too! Gina

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