A Pasta-riffic Idea for Dinner
The number of flavor combinations when it comes to cooking pasta recipes seems endless but this stuffed shell pasta bake may soon become a staple in your weekday line-up.
Who doesn’t love a great pasta dish? No matter which walk of life or nationality you hail from, there is a commonality that unites us all, in that almost every culture enjoys some type of pasta or noodle dish as comfort food! This stuffed pasta recipe includes a rustic sauce that will leave you feeling content and most likely, craving a second helping!
When you have a busy household, it means that you’re always looking for an easy, filling meal and pasta recipe definitely fits the bill. It’s so easy to prepare and versatile when it comes to fillings, sauces, and fresh ingredients. And if pasta often makes it into your meal plan, it does not mean that it needs to end up being the same old, same old. There is so much variety when it comes to ingredients and flavor combinations to be explored with pasta, even with gluten-free and vegan options. This Roasted Tomato Stuffed Shells dish is complete with a nice, but simple and rustic sauce. If you have a box of jumbo pasta shells lying around, you’re going to want to give this one a try!
Traditionally, what really makes a great pasta dish is not so much the noodles as it is the sauce. Roasting tomatoes with the traditional Italian herbs and flavors gives this dish many layers of flavors and clean-up is a breeze! Everything is made in one dish, from roasting to baking the final dish! Pure Flavor® Luna® Sweets Cocktail Tomatoes are absolutely perfect for this recipe. They are amazing for snacking on their own, but the sweetness that comes from roasting them is unreal. If you haven’t tried this yet, you must!
ROASTED TOMATO STUFFED SHELLS
To get started, give the tomatoes a rough chop and toss them into a baking dish. Add in basil, oregano, thyme, chili flakes, garlic, onion, and some salt and pepper. Drizzle on some olive oil and balsamic glaze, and let the oven do the rest. No need for constant stirring!
While the tomatoes are roasting, prepare the ricotta cheese filling and start stuffing the pasta shells, which should be pre-boiled as per package instructions until al dente. One of the best ways to fill the shells is to use a piping bag. It’s quick and mess free. If you don’t have a piping bag, no worries—a food storage bag with the corner snipped off, or a spoon will work just as well.
One thing to note, if you have little ones running around, stuffing the cheese in the shells may keep them busy and entertained. This is a fun task kids absolutely enjoy helping with. It gives them such a great sense of accomplishment. Bonus in that getting them involved in any type of meal prep usually makes them more inclined to eat the meal as well!
Once the tomatoes are roasted, use the back of a fork to mash everything together right in the baking dish. Once all combined, place the stuffed shells in rows in the baking dish right on top of the tomatoes. Top with a little extra shredded mozzarella, cover with foil, and place it back in the oven. The al dente shells will continue to cook the rest of the way and absorb all the wonderful Mediterranean flavors of the sauce. Serve with garlic bread or a crisp side salad and dinner is done!
These stuffed shells are absolutely delectable and something that everyone in the family will love! Plus, it’s a great idea to serve at your next dinner party because the uniqueness of the giant pasta shells makes this dish easy to serve and fun to eat.
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to your next meal! There are so many types of noodles, as well as varieties of tomatoes, that can be used to create your next family favorite! Another great option to change up both the look and the flavor of this dish would be to try it with Pure Flavor® Sangria® Medley Tomatoes. Using these will add variety of flavor among the tomatoes and a lovely mix of color for visual appeal.
Cooking an amazing pasta dish can really be that easy. And since it doesn’t have to always be all that time consuming, making pasta is conducive to almost any family scheduled and lifestyle. So, get out there, explore, discover, and create.