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I was on facebook the other day and came across a picture of one of my friends dinner. She made a tasty looking meal and for some reason i kept going back to that picture thinking, "that looks so freakin good"..after creeping on her picture 4-5 times i decided i would attempt to make my own version of what she made: 3 Cheese Ricotta Stuffed Shells!
I`ve never made anything with ricotta cheese before i was a little nervous on how to season it and cook it fully. After getting some advice from a few co workers, looking recipes up online and reading the back of the Shell noodles box i finally decided to make it!
I boiled the shells and let them cool on cookie sheet. Then i took the ricotta cheese, mixed it into a bowl with black pepper, a small hand full of bread crumbs, orgegano, tiny bit of garlic salt, and parmesan. After the shells were cool i stuffed each one with the ricotta mixture. I then took red sauce and poured a small amount to the bottom of my baking dish so the shells wouldnt stick..after that i placed the stuffed shells in a row and poured the remaining sauce over them.
I baked the shells for about 30 minutes covered in tin foil. Afterwerds i added some mozzarella cheese on top, and let it bake for an extra 5 minutes until the cheese on top was melted.
This dinner was good but i do have to say that the ricotta cheese inside the shells was a tad bit bland. Not as flavorful as i had expected it to be. Also, the ricotta was kind of lukewarm, even though i cooked it for the suggest amount of time :/ My boyfriend loved this dinner and ate the left overs the next day.
What do you use to season or make your ricotta cheese flavorful?Have you ever had ricotta stuffed shells before?
Thanks for reading!
Images are mine.