Monday, July 28, 2014

Paula Deen's My First Cookbook: Stuffed Shells

I know, I know.  Paula Deen.  People have a lot of feelings about Paula Deen (most of my feelings are less related to everything that went down last year [was it last year?] and more to do with the fact that she came out with the fact that she has Type 2 Diabetes JUST IN TIME to rake in some money from teaming up with a T2 drug company), but this cookbook is adorable.  Just adorable.

All of the pictures are hand-drawn (well, they look hand-drawn), and they're just so cute I can't even stand it.  (Although she looks terrifying on the cover, but what can you do?)

I know I've posted stuffed shells before, but this is a more kid-friendly version than the previous one -- it's just cheese rather than the sausage and spinach the first recipe included.  (Both recipes are great, though!)

Stuffed Shells
Serves 6 to 8
From Paula Deen's My First Cookbook


20 large shell noodles
1 lb. small-curd cottage cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups spaghetti sauce
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1 tsp. salt

Preheat over to 350°F.

Add the salt to a pot of water and cook shells according to package directions.  Once they're cooked, shock them with cold water to cool quickly.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the cottage cheese and Parmesan.  Stir well.
Spray a 13 x 9" glass baking dish with cooking spray (or olive oil).  Pour a layer of sauce on the bottom of the dish and spread it evenly.

Stuff the shells with the cheese mixture and place shells, cheese side up, in the dish.  Spread the rest of the sauce over the top and sprinkle mozzarella on top.

Bake for 25 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown.

Let the shells cool for a few minutes before eating because believe you me, those suckers are hot.


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