Thursday, August 28, 2008

Artichoke Stuffed Shells

You know how you can sometimes look at a recipe and just tell that it's going to be yummy by the list of ingredients? Well that's how I felt about his recipe, and sure enough it was excellent! A keeper! I couldn't find frozen artichokes so I used canned-NOT marinated, but in salt water. Christian had fun helping me stuff the shells. It was great! (they don't photo very well though! Ü)

1 (12 oz) box jumbo pasta shells
3 T olive oil
1 med. onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 t kosher salt, plus 1/2 t
1/4 t fresh ground pepper, plus 1/4 t
1 (8-10 oz) pkg. frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and coarsely chopped
1 (15 oz) ricotta cheese
3/4 c fresh parmesan
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 c fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 T fresh parsley, chopped
1 (26 oz) jar marinara or spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 c grated mozarella

-Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook shells according to package.

-Meanwhile, in large skillet over med-high heat add oil, onions, and garlic. Cook until onions are soft and starting to brown. Add ground turkey, 1/2 t salt, and 1/4 t pepper and continue to cook until done. Add artichoke hearts and stir to combine. Remove from heat and cool.

-In large bowl combine the cooled turkey mixture, ricotta, parmesan, eggs, basil, parsley, and the remaining salt and pepper. Mix well.

-To stuff shells, cover bottom of 9X13 dish with pasta sauce (about a cup). Stuff shells well with turkey mixture and place in rows in dish. Drizzle with remaining pasta sauce and top with mozarella.

-Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes or until cheese is beginning to brown.

-Makes about 24 shells.

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