|Some of the group! (photo cred to Bryan on this one!)|
Tonight I wanted to try something new in the kitchen, Mexican Stuffed Shells! I know, sounds totally weird, not serving Mexican within a tortilla of some sort, strange. I had some leftover cooked shells from Fridays Stuffed Shells and I had seen this on Pinterest so I decided to spice up our weeknight and give it a try! I tailored my recipe to serve two, the original probably serves four.
Mexican Stuffed Shells
- 1/2 lb. ground beef
- taco seasoning (I use about a tablespoon)
- 2 oz. cream cheese
- 7 - 8 jumbo pasta shells
- 1/2 c. salsa
- 1/2 c. taco sauce
- 1/2 c. cheddar cheese
- 1/2 c. monterey jack cheese
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a pan cook ground beef; add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions.
- Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Mix together. Set aside and cool completely.
-While beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to directions; drain.
- Spray baking dish with cooking spray then pour salsa on bottom of dish.
- Stuff each shell with meat mixture.
- Place shells in baking dish seam side up.
- Cover shells with taco sauce.
- Cover with foil and bake for 20 - 25 minutes.
- Take dish out and uncover, add shredded cheese and bake for 8 - 10 more minutes.
- Take out of the oven once cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Top with any condiments you’d like (green onions, black olives, sour cream, cilantro, etc.), I put some fresh cilantro on top.
This turned out pretty tasty! I was a little skeptical mixing Mexican flavors with pasta but it was a pleasant surprise, on the Chris scale (refer to this blog for a Chris scale refresher) it made the "make again" rating!
Not sure what the rest of the week will hold, maybe some risotto and arancini? Maybe a new cocktail to try? We shall see!