Friday, March 25, 2011

Foodie Friday: GF Stuffed Shells

I really enjoy pasta dishes. When I first stopped eating gluten, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to eat some of my favorite dishes any more. Then I discovered how much I like brown rice pasta, so I don't have to go without eating noodles!

When I saw that the bulk foods delivery that I belong to carries Tinkyada brand (my favorite brand of brown rice pasta) grand shells, I had to buy some and try my hand at making gluten-free stuffed shells. I basically just made gluten-free meatballs and stuffed the brown rice shells with them, baking it all together. It was super-easy and relatively quick, too!

You will need:

1 pound ground beef
½ cup potato flakes
4 large eggs
½ cup milk
¾ cup grated Parmesan 
1 small onion, grated
3 Tablespoons finely diced fresh garlic
¼ cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves (or 4 tsp dried)
2 teaspoons dried basil, plus a little for the top
GF grand shells
1 (24oz) jar of your favorite (GF) pasta sauce
½ cup grated Italian blend cheese (or just mozzarella) I had some mozzarella/provolone/romano/parmesan/fontina/asiago left over from making pizza that I used for this.

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F 
  • Cook the shells in boiling water according to package instructions. Drain, rinse, and set aside.
  • Mix the beef, potato flakes, eggs, milk, Parmesan, onion, garlic, parsley, and basil together in a bowl:
  • Put a few spoonfuls of the pasta sauce in the bottom of a 9x11 baking dish, then line with the cooked shells.
  • Stuff each shell full with the meat mixture (keeping in mind it will shrink as it cooks):

  • Cover the whole thing with the rest of the pasta sauce:
  • Top with the rest of the cheese and then (optionally) sprinkle the top with extra basil or an Italian herb blend (or both!)
  • Bake for about 40 minutes, or until cooked through:
  • Serve hot!

Linked up at Food on Fridays at Ann Kroeker, Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home, Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free and Food and Health Carnival at Lisa's Gluten-Free Advice and Healthy Living.

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