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REC: Stuffed Jumbo Shells -- here ya go -- been making this for years!

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Posted to Thread #12394 at 4:32 am on Oct 27, 2008

Stuffed Jumbo Shells

Can be made ahead and baked at last minute. The walnuts add a surprising flavor.

1/2 pkg. jumbo shell macaroni (about 20 shells)
1 tbl. salad oil
1-1/2 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, minced
1 cup finely minced celery
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 (15 oz) jars spaghetti sauce (homemade or purchased)
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
2 tbl. grated parmesan cheese

Cook shells according to label and drain well. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over med-hi heat, in hot salad oil, cook ground beef, onion, garlic, celery, salt and pepper until meat is well browned. Remove from heat and drain fat. Stir in walnuts and 1/2 jar of spaghetti sauce. Stuff rounded spoonful of meat mixture into each shell. Reserve remaining meat mixture.
Spoon 1 cup of spaghetti sauce into a 10x2 round casserole or a 12x8 rectangular baking dish; sprinkle with remaining meat mixture. Arrange stuffed shells over sauce in 1 layer. Spoon rest of spaghetti sauce evenly in and around shells; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 deg. oven for 20 minutes or until heated through.

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