And of course you have to have the fun jumbo stuffing shells (:
I got this recipe out of the cookbook Renee’s Recipe Collection. She has three different cookbooks. I have two of them and absolutely love them. I have only tried one recipe out of them that I didn’t like…and I probably should have known better than to try it. You see I don’t like pineapple in main meals, so why in the world did I try the ham and pineapple recipe?? Beats me? I am not really sure where you buy her cookbooks. My mother-in-law gave them to me. So if anyone knows where to buy them, please comment below so you can be directed to it if anyone is interested. I usually don’t use cookbooks, (unless of course pinterest counts?!) But I use hers! So I would highly recommend them. On to the recipe:
For the noodles:
1 lb bulk Italian Sausage (I just use hamburger)
1 large onion, chopped (probably optional, I only used about a 1/4 of an onion)
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 egg, beaten
2 C shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 C shredded cheddar
1 C cottage cheese
1/4 C grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
24 jumbo shell noodles cooked and drained.
For the sauce:
1 (29 oz) can tomato sauce
1 T dried minced onion
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 1/2 tsp parsley flakes
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
In a skillet, brown sausage and onion; drain. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in cream cheese and egg. Add 1 cup Mozzarella, cheddar, cottage cheese, parmesan, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Stuff shells and arrange in a grease 9×13 baking dish.
Combine sauce ingredients; mix well. Spoon over shells. Cover and bake at 350 for 40 min. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining Mozzarella. Return to the oven for 5 min or until cheese melts. Yields 8 to 10 servings.
**It is very very cheesy. We thought it was almost a little to much cheese. So the second time I made it I left out the cottage cheese and only did 1 cup of cheddar cheese and we loved it that way. It is good either way, but we prefer it with a little less cheese!