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Friday, July 2, 2010

What Could Have Been


As some of you know, I performed my first Daring Bakers Challenge.  I was suppose to participate in Daring Cooks but I wasn't able to fit it in my "busy" schedule.  But since I already had all of the ingredients, might as well make something else.  The original dish was a vegetarian pate and when I evaluated all of the ingredients I had, I was able to majority of the ingredients in a stuffed shell dish.
Stuffed shells
1 Can of Cannellini (I had it for the pate)
2 Cups of Ricotta Cheese
1 Lb of Ground Beef
1 Jar of Tomato sauce
1 Jar of Roasted Red Peppers Chopped
1 Cloves of Garlic Minced
1 Onion Diced
Italian Parsley Chopped
Basil Chopped
Pine nuts
Mozzarella Cheese
Box of Large Pasta Shells
  1. First saute the onion and garlic in a large skillet.
  2. When the onions become translucent, add the ground beef.
  3. When it is fully cooked, set it aside to cool a little.
  4. While you are waiting for the meat to cool, mix the rest of the ingredients except for the tomato sauce, the pine nuts, mozzarella cheese.
  5. Mix in the ground beef with the cheese mixture.
  6. Take the mixture and start stuffing the shells.  Place the shells in a casserole dish to bake.
  7. Once you are completed stuffing the shells, top with the tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  8. While is it is baking, take the pine nuts and toast them lightly in a small skillet.
  9. Once the cheese is nice and gooey, top the whole casserole dish with the toasted pine nuts. 
  10. Serve!


  1. Such a classically wonderful dish!

  2. Love stuffed shells! Looks delicious.

  3. Congrats on your participation on the daring bakers! I have heard a lot about it but have never participated. I would love to, one day. This looks yummy! Good job!

  4. Your shells sounds absolutely delicious. This is always a wonderful dish but this version sounds especially good. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. this sounds really great! I love the toasted pine nuts on top, great touch!

  6. Mmm...looks very delicious. Would make a great lunch for me :D

  7. oh those shells look delicious!