I consulted with my valentine (me!) and I decided I wanted to celebrate my first day of having a happy tummy. The best way to do this? Gooey, cheesy and satisfying stuffed shells.
I started by browning some of the turkey sausage for the dogs.
Then into the same pan I put some chopped onion. When the onion became translucent, I tossed in some garlic.
Then I put in two of the turkey sausages (removed from the casing) and let them brown.
Then the tomatoes entered the picture.
The sun-dried tomato paste adds a hint of sweetness and a nice depth of flavor to the sauce.
And, on a whim, I decided mushrooms would be a good idea.
While I was putting the sauce together, the pasta shells were busy bubbling away on the stove.
I undercooked them - about 3 minutes short of al dente.
While the sauce simmered away I made the filling for the shells.
|Ricotta, one egg, Parmesan and parsley.|
Time to stuff the shells.
The light was getting away from me. Believe me when I say the sauce was not that dark red color.
Then I covered the shells with the rest of the sauce.
Then everything got covered in pieces of mozzarella (for the gooey factor) and Parmesan.
Into a 350 degree oven for 20 -25 minutes.
Hot out of the oven!
Did I forget the dogs? Of course not!
They enjoyed nuggets of sausage sitting in Orecchiette pasta (they are these adorable little pasta disks) on a bed pureed tomatoes. No mozzarella for the dogs because too much cheese does not agree with their stomachs. But they did get a light dusting of Parmesan.
One more beauty shot of the shells: