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It’s 5 o’ clock and already dark on a dreary January day and husband calls to say that he’s on his way home. The conversation is always about what’s for dinner. We both love cooking and are good at it, but the hardest part for us is often deciding what to cook. I took Mueller’s® Pasta Matchmaker quiz this weekend, which picked a meal based on the main ingredient, your evening activities, mood, and weather. It was just the inspiration we needed to start out our week.
I love the idea of taking a quiz and coming up with a recipe idea. Especially with the start of the new year, there are too many choices to be made. It was nice to have one less choice because planning for dinner shouldn’t be stressful.
So, what’s for dinner? Stuffed shells.
The water was boiling by the time Jordan got home so we all went into the kitchen to cook. Dinnertime in our home involves the whole family. We all are in the kitchen, my husband usually puts on an old The Office episode and we each do our part. It’s our time to catch up, to sit around the kitchen island to talk and to eat. For us, food is what often brings our family together.
I boiled the Mueller’s® Jumbo Shells for about 15 minutes and then drained them. While that was going on Jordan was putting on his bib? what?
Oh, it looks like Ruby wanted to help papa keep his work shirt clean. Smart girl. And in the meantime, he managed to prepare all of the remaining ingredients, basil, salt, mozzarella, eggs, ricotta, parsley, and parmesan.
Ruby has started to get very clingy, especially when I’m cooking and wants me to hold her. I realized that a lot of it is that she can’t see what I’m doing. So, we’ve brought in a chair for now that she can stand on in a safe area in the kitchen. It’s been an incredible game changer and now she loves to help.
Oh, and eat all of the cheese.
The next step is to mix all the ingredients for the filling. Ruby helped me stir.
We added in all the ingredients and stirred to combine.
Ruby reading theMueller’s® pasta box.
Once the filling is all mixed and the shells are done, it’s time to stuff! We worked as a team and this part was really fun!
Lastly, cover the stuffed shells with some pasta sauce and stick in the oven at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes! This is the perfect time to get everything cleaned up, that way you don’t have to deal with it all later!
And then, it’s time to eat!
We only sit at the table a couple times of the week when we make a big family meal. This was one of those days. Jordan mixed up an easy salad of spinach, parmesan, olive oil, and salt and pepper and some garlic bread.
This recipe is definitely a winner! It was incredibly simple to make and looks so impressive.
We’ve always encouraged Ruby to eat whatever we make for dinner, which makes dinnertime more simple. I don’t get frustrated if she doesn’t eat much because I don’t make a special meal just for her.
And while it’s not always perfect, and it’s often messy, I love these times together at the dinner table. It’s fun and it’s our time to relax, ask each other questions.
Lately Ruby has been joining in on the conversation with full conversations speaking in her own language of gibberish. It’s adorable and I hope she knows that her words, whether or not we can we understand them are valued and heard.
If you need some help figuring out what to cook for dinner tonight, take the Pasta Matchmaker Quiz! I took it again and got a recipe for some yummy minestrone I’m hoping to make next week.
Visit Mueller’s® Pasta Matchmaker Hub for more inspiration HERE. You can put your own spin on a Mueller’s® classic recipe and submit for a chance to win prizes. Contest dates are as follows:
- Challenge #1: January 1 – January 21
- Challenge #2: January 22 – February 4
- Challenge #3: February 5 – February 18
- Challenge #4: February 19 – March 4
- Challenge #5: March 5 – March 18
- Challenge #6: March 19 – April 1
I’d love to hear your results from the Pasta Matchmaker quiz, so make sure to share your results in the comments! And I’d love to hear about dinner time in your home, how do you make it easy and fun?
Stuffed Jumbo Shells with Cheese from Mueller'sPrint This
- 12 ounces Mueller’s® Jumbo Shells
- 2 eggs
- 2 containers (15 ounces each) ricotta cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley or 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups spaghetti sauce
1Pre-heat oven to 350°F; spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
2Cook Jumbo Shells for 15 minutes; drain well, cover and set aside.
3In a medium bowl, beat eggs lightly, then add in ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, parsley, basil, and salt. Stir well to combine.
4Spoon about one tablespoon of cheese mixture into each shell and arrange filled shells in a single layer in the baking dish. Top with spaghetti sauce and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
5Bake 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165-185°F.
Cook’s Tip: Use any of your family’s favorite sauces, including those with Italian sausage or ground turkey to make this dish heartier.