Tuesday Treats: Make-ahead Unstuffed Shells

We’ve officially hit the busy holiday season. Between decorating, shopping, and parties, finding time to fix a delicious meal (or a yummy pot luck) makes this a good option. You can make ahead or fix right then.

Prep Time: 30 min.
Total Time: 1 hr. 15 min.
Servings: 6 servings
Here’s the saucy, creamy deliciousness of stuffed pasta shells—without the hassle of stuffing them and with the convenience of make-ahead preparation.

What You Need
4 cups medium pasta shells, uncooked
1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
1 jar (24 oz.) CLASSICO Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce
1 tub (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA

Make It
Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Meanwhile, brown meat in large skillet; drain. Stir in pasta sauce; simmer on medium heat 2 min. Remove from heat.

Drain pasta. Mix cream cheese spread, basil, Parmesan, milk and Italian seasoning in large bowl until blended; stir in pasta. Spread half the meat sauce onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with layers of pasta mixture and remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella; cover with Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil. Refrigerate up to 24 hours.

Heat oven to 375ºF. Bake casserole, covered, 40 to 45 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 30 minutes.

This is the type of meal everyone likes–from kids to adults. This is a particular favorite of Cody and his mom, Annie, fixed it a lot. Sean will eat anything, as evidenced by his actions in WOLF MOON (and more of his and Annie’s story in MOONSTRUCK: LIES.
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About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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2 Responses to Tuesday Treats: Make-ahead Unstuffed Shells

  1. Sounds yummy. And now I’m hungry, but I can’t be hungry yet today. I never eat this early. Plus, I’m trying to slow the progress of my ever-widening butt. ;o)

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