Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Artichoke and Sausage Stuffed Shells

After seeing Smells Like Home's Artichoke and Sausage Stuffed Shells (a variation on a Giada recipe), I had to add it to my "to try" list. It'll be my submission for Once Upon a Feast's Presto Pasta Night Roundup

1 (12-ounce) box jumbo pasta shells
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 large yellow onion, chopped (I used less)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound ground turkey (I used spicy sausage)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus 1/4 teaspoon
1 (8 to 10-ounce) package frozen artichokes, thawed and coarsely chopped (I used marinaded)
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
3/4 cup grated Parmesan (I used less)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (I couldn't find any at the grocery store, so I used about 1/2 tsp of dried)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
5 cups Arrabbiata Sauce (I used regular ragu)
1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella (about 5 ounces)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and partially cook until tender but still very firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain pasta.

Meanwhile, in a large heavy skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and the garlic and cook until the onions are soft and starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the ground turkey, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is slightly golden and cooked through.

Add the artichoke hearts and stir to combine. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a large bowl combine the cooled turkey mixture with the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs, basil, parsley, and the remaining salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

To stuff the shells, cover the bottom of a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking dish with 1 cup of Arrabbiata sauce. Take a shell in the palm of your hand and stuff it with a large spoonful of turkey mixture, about 2 tablespoons. Place the stuffed shell in the baking dish. Continue filling the shells until the baking dish is full, about 24 shells.

Drizzle the remaining Arrabbiata Sauce over the shells, top with the grated mozzarella.

If freezing, cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 1 day and up to 1 month.

To bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake until the shells are warmed through and the cheese is beginning to brown, about 60 minutes (20 minutes if shells are unfrozen.)



Jack said...

Now this looks like a wonderful, savoury, flavour-packed, big-hitter of a pasta! I think I'll have to try it.

Ruth Daniels said...

What a great combo. I absolutely adore stuffed baked pasta and this one is definitely on my list now.

NĂºria said...

This recipe looks gourgeous!!!! I love artichokes and pasta... I have to check and see it I can find these big shells in my supermarket.

s-girl said...

Wow this looks freaking good!! I kinda want to try it but it is a little more complicated than the salmon patties.

Kevin said...

These look good and sound tasty. Bookmarked