Stuffed Saucy Shells

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Stuffed Saucy Shells

For some reason it feels like I haven’t posted  anything in awhile, but that’s not true since I just posted something last week.  Maybe I’m just getting old and forgetful (This is where you tell me that I’m not old nor forgetful). Honestly, I think it’s because I am completely overwhelmed and sometimes can’t remember what my name is, because I have five bagillion other things to remember and do *taking a deep breath and counting to 10*.

This week is going to be a crazy busy week.  My MIL and SIL arrive tommorrow. They are driving all the way here from Missouri, but don’t worry they won’t have to drive back, they will be flying back home.

On top of trying to get my house ready for guests I am also getting ready for my son’s and daughter’s birthday parties.  My daughter’s birthday is March 25 and my son’s birthday is March 26th.  They are one day less of 2 years apart or 729 days apart.  So, we have one party for the both of them.  This year we are switching it up a bit.  (Stay tuned for all the details about the party in a later post)

Then my husband’s and my mom’s birthday is on March 31st.  Yes, they have the same birthday.  I thought it was weird too when I first met my husband.  So, to say that the last week of March is a busy week is an understatement.

So, Thank Goodness for quick and easy recipes.

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Saucy Stuffed Shells

recipe adapted from: better homes and gardens

Ingredients:

12 Jumbo Shell Macaroni (I used 16 shells)
12 oz ground beef or turkey (I used 1 lb. of 80/20 ground beef)
1 medium onion, chopped
½ cup chopped green sweet pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 beaten egg
½ cup dry bread crumbs
¼ tsp fennel seeds. crushed
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
1 15oz jar meatless spaghetti sauce
½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Cook macaroni according to package directions.

In a large skillet, cook ground meat, onion, sweet pepper & garlic until meat is brown. Drain.

In medium bowl, combine egg, bread crumbs, fennel seeds, salt & black pepper. Add meat mixture and ¼ cup of spaghetti sauce - mix well.

Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture into each shell.

Arrange filled shells in 2 quart square baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over filled shells. Cover w/ foil.

Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 min. Sprinkle w/ parmesan cheese before serving.

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