Baked Stuffed Pasta Shells

INGREDIENTS

  • 12ounces jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 14cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (Reserve 1/4 cup)
  • 1cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2lbs ricotta cheese
  • 4large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1teaspoon black pepper
  • 1teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1tablespoon dried parsley
  • 8ounces spaghetti sauce (jarred or homemade)
  • fresh basil, chopped, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. In an 8 quart pot, bring water to a boil and cook shells for 8 minutes or until al dente.
  2. Drain and cool immediately with cold water.
  3. Drain and place open side down on paper towels.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the rest of ingredients except the spaghetti sauce.
  5. Reserve the 1/4 cup of Mozzarella.
  6. Place a thin layer of spaghetti sauce into the bottom of a 12 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Spoon the cheese mixture into each pasta shell and place open side up, in a single layer, in prepared pan.
  9. Pour the rest of sauce over the stuffed shells.
  10. Loosely cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  11. During last 5 minutes of baking, remove foil and sprinkle remaining Mozzarella cheese on top.
  12. Bake 5 more minutes.
  13. Garnish with fresh chopped basil.

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