October 21, 2011

Better Homes and Gardens Stuffed Pasta

My favorite memories growing up often revolved around food. Not just any food, but pasta. I have absolutely loved pasta as far back as I can remember and whenever I was allowed to pick a restaurant as a kid I would pick the Italian place that had the best ravioli (still the best to this day). As an adult my love of pasta has only increased and I tend to make a pasta recipe about once every week or two. The rest of my family shares my love of pasta and pasta dishes tend to be household favorites. Recently, the September issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine had a recipe for Stuffed Pasta which looked easy and claimed to be a complete meal all by itself.

This recipe has 7 ingredients. It serves 8 people and takes approximately 50 minutes of prep and 30 minutes of baking time. My recipe took an additional 15 minutes to grind my own beef. I actually had to make a few substitutions due to the lack of availability of certain ingredients. I was unable to find dried jumbo pasta shells, so I used regular pasta shells. Since I had to substitute the pasta, I obviously had to make some significant changes to the recipe. Instead of stuffing pasta I made a casserole by layering the sauce, cheese and meat mixture, and pasta.I increased the cooking time by about 10 minutes and tented the pan the last 20 minutes. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

Since I had to make major changes to the recipe, I'm not sure what the original recipe would taste like. The modified casserole that I did make turned out well. Make sure to adequately salt at all steps, or the dish will be undersalted. Other than the lack of salt, this was a very easy and popular recipe with my family, especially my two boys. A straightforward and easy pasta recipe that makes enough for multiple meals.

For the recipe go to Stuffed Shells.


  1. This post just made me hungry! Man oh man! I am in love with pasta (not suppose to eat it due to health reasons)...but can't help myself sometimes. It's sooooo yummy. I just started a blog check it out at will follow ya on GFC & Twitter...hope to see ya follow back...hehe well looking forward to the world of blogging!

  2. looks good! i love pasta too..

    stopping by forthe blog hop!! now following....

  3. I love pasta and this looks really nice. Unfortunately I rarely eat pasta nowadays :( However, I cook pasta and thing I like a few days each month and I might try this recipe tomorrow :D Can't wait!

  4. My mouth is watering now! Yummy :)

    Found you on a blog hop. Following you now. I'd appreciate if you'd follow me back. Thanks! :)

  5. @Jack of All Trades I love pasta also, but limit it to once every week or two :) Followed you back!

    @Malia Thanks, following you back!

    @Andreea Thanks :) I try to eat everything in moderation, so I have pasta once ever week or two. I love it though, it's yummy!

    @Elizabeth Thanks, it was yummy and very easy :) Followed you back!

  6. @Dvr Dame Thanks, it turned out well, especially given that I had to change the recipe pretty extensively :)


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