Try It Tuesday

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Because I have such awesome friends, when they try new things, they take pics and document it so I can use it for a Try It Tuesday since my life is a tad more chaotic now. Enter: Guest Blogger Anthony Mount! Take it away, Anthony!

As many of you know, Jess has been enjoying the relaxing life of having a newborn and a toddler at the same time. This has meant that she can’t pry herself away from her stories on daytime television to do a new Try it Tuesday. (This may be my last guest blogger appearance, hee-hee)

Anyway, I saw this picture of stuffed pasta shells on Facebook and thought it may be a cool, quick meal for my family. Since my wife, Jess’s best mate, is big time preggers and practicing early to join Jess for her relaxing time of daytime television, I get the honor of making delicious meals for the family. (This may be the last time I get to sleep in my own bed, ha!)

Here’s what you need:

~package of large pasta shells

~cheddar cheese (or, your favorite cheese), shredded (We buy block cheese so I grated my own)

~1lb hamburger meat

~your favorite seasonings for the hamburger meat

~marinara sauce

There were not any instructions with the picture so I created my own:

First, bring a pot of water to a full boil and the cook noodles for 7 minutes. (According to Gordon Ramsey’s rule of “all pasta takes 7 minutes to cook.”)


Once the pasta is cooked, set it aside while all other ingredients finish.

Next: season and brown your hamburger meat. I use equal parts Lawry’s, paprika, and herbed poultry.


Once this is finished, preheat oven to 380 degrees while prepping the rest of the meal.

Next, spray a casserole dish with PAM and lay a thick layer of marinara sauce on the bottom of the dish (I prefer Prego).


Next, grate cheddar cheese.


Add a little marinara sauce to the meat.


Now it is time to stuff the shells.This is the technique I used: I placed the shell in a ladle and then used tongs to insert the meat.


Once the meat is in the shell place it in the pre-marinara’d (is that a word?) casserole dish and then cover with cheese.


By this time the oven should be pre-heated to 380 degrees, so place in oven for 10 minutes. Then serve. (No need to let cool)


Final thoughts:

~This was NOT a quick meal. All in all, it took about an hour to cook. (Though, it may be because my hamburger meat started out frozen and I was learning as I went along.)

~This also created a ton of dirty dishes. So be prepared (meaning make sure your dishwasher is empty before starting).

~My wife (Jess’s Best Mate) loved it, as did my picky-eater daughter. (She did ask for me to use less cheese next time, but I love cheese.)

~I do recommend it when you need something new and different for dinner.

Good luck!

(Now, time for me to go buy some roses to get out of the dog houses I put myself in for writing this blog!)

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