REDUCED-FAT STUFFED SHELLS WITH MEAT SAUCE

Yield: 8 servings ( Serving Size: 3 Shells )
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Ingredients

  • Meat Sauce
  • 6 ounces 93 percent lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • Stuffed Shells
  • Salt
  • 1 (12-ounce) box jumbo pasta shells
  • 12 Saltine crackers, broken into pieces
  • 2 cups fat-free cottage cheese (see note)
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Preparation

  1. 1. GRIND MEAT

  2. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Pulse beef and soy in food processor until thoroughly combined; transfer to medium bowl. Add tomatoes and pulse until coarsely ground.

  3. 2. MAKE SAUCE

  4. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in beef mixture, breaking up mixture with wooden spoon, and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, garlic, and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in processed tomatoes and salt and simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 25 minutes. Off heat, stir in basil; set aside. (Sauce can be refrigerated in airtight container for 3 days.)
  5. 3. COOK SHELLS
  6. Meanwhile, bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Add 1 tablespoon salt and shells and cook until tender, 12 to 14 minutes. Drain shells and transfer to kitchen towel-lined baking sheet. Reserve 24 shells, discarding any that have broken.
  7. 4. PREPARE FILLING
  8. Pulse crackers in clean food processor bowl until finely ground. Add cottage cheese, 1 cups mozzarella, Parmesan, basil, garlic, and teaspoon salt and process until smooth; transfer to large plastic storage bag. Using scissors, cut off end of bag and pipe 2 tablespoons filling into each shell.

  9. 5. ASSEMBLE

  10. Spread half of meat sauce over bottom of 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Arrange filled shells, seam side up, over sauce in dish. Spread remaining sauce over shells. Cover with foil and bake until bubbling around edges, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes. Serve.


  11. CALORIES 790
  12. FAT 45 g
  13. SATURATED FAT 22 g
April 2012

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