Stuffed Shells, Inspired by The Pioneer Woman


My daughter, Kylie, is not a lover of pasta.  I, however, am a lover of pasta.  So …. when she was watching an episode of The Pioneer Woman with me last week and watched Ree Drummond make stuffed shells, Kylie said to me “now, that’s a pasta I’d eat!”  Yippee, was what first came to mind.  I’ll make it next week, I said to myself and jumped on that opportunity before my daughter forgot what she promised.

Well, it was a big hit at our house!  However, when I made the recipe, I did make a few changes.  Not because I thought it needed changing, just out of necessity of not having enough ricotta to double the recipe. Ree used Ricotta cheese (30 oz).  I was almost doubling the recipe and only had 30 ounces of Ricotta, so I added two 8-ounce containers of mascarpone.  I also added the zest of one lemon and the juice of half a lemon.  I added an extra egg to the mixture and also upped the basil leaves to 18 and the chopped parsley to 4 tbsp.  I also upped the parmesan to 1/2 c. grated and 1/2 c. finely grated.  This was such a yummy dinner, I can’t wait to make it again.  I’m actually heading out of town for a few days next week, so I froze what was left so Dennis and Kylie could enjoy this dinner again while I’m away.

I did have extra cheese mixture, so I’m deciding how to best use that.  I’m envisioning chicken breasts pounded out thin and spread with the mixture.  I’ll roll it up and wrap with prosciutto.  I will post pictures of this one after I try it in the next few days.

Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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