Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells




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Introduction

Get ready to enjoy a delicious twist on classic Italian and American flavors with Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells. This recipe combines the best of both worlds by filling jumbo pasta shells with a savory mixture of ground beef, pepperoni, vegetables, and gooey cheese, all topped with the perfect amount of pizza sauce. It’s a fun and tasty way to enjoy the flavors of pizza in a new and exciting format.

Why Make This Recipe

Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells are a great option for dinner when you’re craving the flavors of pizza but want to try something a little different. This recipe is easy to customize with your favorite pizza toppings and is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults. Plus, it’s a fun and creative dish to make for a family meal or gathering with friends.

How to Make Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells

Ingredients:

  • 15-18 jumbo pasta shells
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 4 ounces sliced pepperoni, chopped and divided
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 cup good quality pizza sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook shells al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium pan, brown ground beef, onion, and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  3. Add 3/4 of the pepperoni and cook for about 3 minutes. Then, add in green pepper, oregano, and tomato. Cook for another 3 minutes or until the green pepper is slightly softened. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  4. Fill each shell with the pepperoni mixture (approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons) and place in a baking dish.
  5. Top with pizza sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Remove foil and add the remaining mozzarella cheese and remaining pepperoni. Return to the oven until cheese is melted and bubbly.

How to Serve Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells

Serve these delightful stuffed pasta shells warm, straight from the oven. Pair them with a side salad or garlic bread for a complete and satisfying meal.

How to Store Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Tips to Make Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells

  • Be sure not to overcook the pasta shells as they will continue to cook in the oven.
  • Feel free to customize the filling with your favorite pizza toppings such as mushrooms, olives, or sausage.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese like cheddar or Parmesan for added flavor.

Variation (If Any)

For a vegetarian option, you can substitute the ground beef with plant-based crumbles or more vegetables like zucchini and eggplant.

FAQs

  1. Can I freeze Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells? Yes, you can freeze them before baking for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before baking as directed.
  2. Can I use a different type of pasta for this recipe? Yes, you can try using large shells, manicotti, or even lasagna noodles layered like a traditional lasagna.
  3. How can I make this dish spicier? Add some red pepper flakes or diced jalapeños to the filling mixture for a kick of heat.

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