Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce

Yes,this is my second post of the day, but I have a recipe backup in my blogger account.  And in looking out the window right now I though that this might be a perfect time to share this recipe.  Heating up the oven to bake makes a cold and snowy day bearable.

This is An old recipe for us but a good one too.  This makes enough that you use one pan and freeze the other for a later time.  With our kids winter sports season getting into full swing, it is nice to have ready made meals  all set to go.  Just pull them from the freezer in the morning and then the first one home at night starts the oven.

This is a Giada recipe and both the sauce and the stuffed shell recipe are below.  If you don’t have enough time to make the sauce, just use a spicy spaghetti sauce such as Arrabbiata or Dafriolo.

Cheese mixture ready for filling


This is one of my husbands recipes.  Here he is stuffing the shells.

Ready for the oven.




    12 ounces (1 box) jumbo pasta shells (approximately 36 shells)
    2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for greasing baking sheet
    6 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, diced
    2 teaspoons dried crushed red pepper flakes
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    5 cups marinara sauce
    2 (15-ounce) containers whole milk ricotta cheese
    1 1/3 cups grated Parmesan
    4 large egg yolks
    3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
    3 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
    1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint leaves
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


      Lightly oil a 12 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish and set aside. Lightly oil the baking sheet and set aside.
      Partially cook the pasta shells in a large pot of boiling salted water until slightly tender but still quite firm to the bite, about 4 to 6 minutes. You will continue cooking the shells in the oven after they have been stuffed. Using a slotted spoon, drain pasta shells and place on oiled baking sheet, spreading them out so that they don’t stick together and allow to cool.
      Heat the oil in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes. Add the garlic and sauté until tender, about 1 minute. Add the marinara sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring often.
      In a medium bowl, stir the ricotta, Parmesan, egg yolks, basil, parsley, mint, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
      Spoon 1 1/4 cups of the sauce over the prepared baking dish. Fill the cooked shells with the cheese mixture, about 2 tablespoons per shell. Arrange the shells in the prepared dish. Spoon the remaining sauce over the shells, then sprinkle with the mozzarella.
      Bake in the lower third of your oven until the filling is heated through and the top is golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes

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