Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Giant Beef Stuffed Shells

As most of you will all know – I am a big fan of stuffing things!  You name it I will try and find a way to stuff it and make it delicious!  I was at a food festival last year and found an Italian company who had just started up business importing foods from Southern Italy.   I was in totally heaven (mainly because they had bread samples to dip into their amazing olive oil!) I immediately started buying all the pasta shapes that I love that I hadn’t been able to get my hands on in normal shops – and was delighted when they had a big bag of giant shells!  The ideas that were running through my head – I just wanted to get home and start cooking!!   So time went on, and my bag ran out after experimenting with all my new exciting ideas – it was a very sad day!  Until, I had to nip out and get something from my local Tesco Express – and to my delight, sitting there on a shelf in their full glory were my giant shells!   Of course I had to buy about 10 bags in the fear that they would not be there ever again and I always have a little peek to see if they are still there each time I go.   I’ve also noticed lots of other supermarkets selling them, so I can now be relieved!

Buon Appetito!
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 30-40 Minutes
Serves 4

You Will Need:
20 Large Pasta Shells ( you can get these in Tesco)
250g Extra Lean Mince Beef
1 Jar of Passata
1 Onion Diced Finely
2 Garlic Glove Minced
80g Light Mozzarella Cheese
2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
Bunch of Basil Torn
2Tbsp Water
Frylight/ Calorie Controlled Oil Spray
Salt & Pepper for Seasoning


Bring some salted water to the boil and add the pasta shells – cook for about 7-8 Minutes until softened but not cooked the whole way through set aside and cool down

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees

Make the tomato sauce by frying the 1/2 the onion and 1/2 garlic until softened in a saucepan sprayed with oil. Add 3/4 Jar of Passata and the water – simmer for 5-8 minutes.  Season and add the torn basil and continue cooking for another 5-7 minutes – you can keep this on as long as you want letting the flavours concentrate – if it’s getting to thick just add a little more water

In a frying pan sprayed with oil, soften the remaining garlic. Add the mince beef and brown – pour in the remaining quarter of the Passata add a little more of the basil and simmer until cooked through – leave for about 5 minutes to cool down before the next step

I was using individual dishes but you can do this in on big one if you prefer.  Ladle half – 3/4 of the tomato sauce on to the bottom of the pan and set aside the remaining sauce

This is the fun part!  Fill each shell  with around a Tbsp of the mince beef mixture and place in the pan with the open side facing downwards.

When all the shells are filled, spoon the remaining tomato sauce on top of the shells

Top with Parmesan Cheese and then the Mozzarella

Place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese has melted and mixed with the sauce!

Serve with a nice big side salad and some crusty bread!

Weight Watchers Pro Points Value: 7PP

Filling & Healthy Value: 6PP

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