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Easy Stuffed Shells with Roasted Garlic Marinara

One of the best things about cooking is that there is so much you can prepare ahead of time without cooking the entire meal. This is one of those meals. You can roast the garlic and make the marinara a few days before hand. Stuffing the shells is a whole bunch of fun and little kids (and lets admit it- adults too) get a big kick out of it. This recipe makes about 14 shells- about enough for 3 people.



Marinara Sauce:

2 tbs olive oil

Half of a large white onion- chopped

1 Stalk of celery

1 6oz Can of Tomato paste

1 Cup vegetable broth

1 15 oz can of crushed tomatoes or puree

7 oz or diced tomatoes

8 or 9 cloves of roasted garlic, crushed

½ tsp Thyme

½ tsp oregano

½ tsp pepper

1 tsp sea salt


Sauté onion and celery in olive oil until soft. Add tomato paste and vegetable broth and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes or so. Add roasted garlic and herbs. Take off heat and let cool.


Cook your shells per package instructions. You want them to be ‘almost’ cooked. Don’t cook all the way- not even al dente. They will finish cooking in the oven with the marinara sauce.


For the filling:

¾ cup ricotta cheese

½ shredded Parmesan cheese

1 cup mozzarella cheese

1 egg

1 tbs olive oil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

½ tsp garlic powder

plus any other seasonings you’d like (thyme, oregano, basil, ect)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour enough marinara sauce to cover the bottom of a Pyrex dish.


Stuff shells with about 2 tbs cheese mixture and place in dish with marinara. Pour remaining marinara over the shells and sprinkle with cheese and/ or any left over stuffing you have.




Cover dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes or so. Remove foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for five of ten minutes before serving.

Roasting Garlic:

Roasting Garlic is a piece of cake. What you need to do first is preheat your oven to about 375. Then peel your garlic. You can do this yourself or you can generally purchase peeled garlic at the grocery store but it will be more expensive than doing it yourself. Regardless, after you peel the garlic put it in some foil and toss with a little olive oil and a little salt. It generally takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get the garlic nice and soft. You should be able to smoosh it with a fork. Use can use it right away or you can store it in a tupperware container or solo cup ( steal one from a salad bar or something) for up to a week.



February 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm 1 comment

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