My treasured family cook book:
1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 lb of spicy Italian bulk sausage
1/2 package of jumbo pasta shells
1-27oz jar marinara sauce
15 oz ricotta
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons parsley, fresh and chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
This is how we chose to package our sausage, we bought bulk pork and beef this year. I love knowing where my food comes from!
Start by sauteing sausage in skillet and once almost done, add drained spinach and cook until done. Remove from heat to cool.
Cook pasta shells according to package directions, drain. Spray bottom of baking dishes with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl beat egg. Stir in ricotta, spinach and sausage mixture, parsley and 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese.
Spread one cup of sauce in bottom of baking dish. Fill cooked shells with filling mixture and arrange in baking dish.
Pour remaining sauce over shells.
Top with remaining cheeses.
If you are putting a dish into the freezer, this is my method: write directions on the foil with a Sharpie so if the husband is the one in charge of dinner, the instructions are attached. (I learned this trick making meals for other military families when babies were born, people were sick, ect).
Bake, covered in foil, until bubbly, about 45 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking until cheese has melted, about 5 minutes.
Finished product (well, this is what it would look like if your husband got stuck in traffic and you got side-tracked by another project and cooked it for 1.5 hours...oops)
But it still tasted yummy :)
What are your favorite family recipes? I'm always looking for new ones to try:)