After hearing about a son’s concussion in small groups at church, I decided to make stuffed shells for this family. Since we have to eat too, I always work smarter, not harder. I made two pans of shells; one for us and one for the church family. I also made a batch of shoe box bread loaves which yields three loaves. However, today I made two mini-loaves and two large loaves to divide. Since this was an Italian meal, I sprinkled some real grated Parmesan cheese and garlic salt with parsley on top.
I’m so thankful to be able to bless this family with a home cooked meal and provide for my family at the same time. Score!
Freezer Friendly Stuffed Shells
Yield: 2-9×13 pans
- 1 package jumbo pasta shells, cooked 9 minutes, cooled
- 2 jars marinara sauce – 27 oz. or bulk crock pot marinara sauce
- 2 egg, beaten
- 30 ounces Ricotta or cottage cheese
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley (optional)
- 4 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided (optional)
- Cook pasta according to box directions.
- Mix together eggs, ricotta or cottage cheese, 2 cups mozzarella cheese and parsley.
- Spray baking dish with non-stick spray; then spread 1 cup marinara sauce in bottom.
- Fill 1/2 of the cooked shells and arrange in dish (about 24). Pour remaining one jar of sauce or 2 cups homemade sauce over shells.
- Top with remaining 1 cup mozzarella and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
- Repeat steps 3-5 with remaining shells.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes or label foil lid or heavy duty foil with baking directions with a sharpie marker.
Freezing Tips: Allow sauce to completely cool before covering. If freezing for an extended period of time, over a month I cover with a smaller sheet of aluminum or wax paper sprayed with cooking spray touching the shells. I include directions to remove the inner foil/paper before baking. Allow shells to thaw 1-2 days in refrigerator before baking. It can be baked from frozen, but it will take double the amount of time.
Note: A cookie scoop works well for filling shells and distributing stuffing evenly between them. Also, note that a box of jumbo shells contains approximately 46 shells.
Do you work smarter when making ministry meals; not harder?