Baked Stuffed Shells

I love all kinds of pasta dishes and so does my family. This recipe is actually a lot easier to put together than it seems. It is an excellent dish for a family dinner or to take to a pot luck. I did add more spaghetti sauce than what was called for otherwise I left the recipe the same.

Baked Stuffed Pasta Shells

12 ounces jumbo pasta shells
1 1/4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (Reserve 1/4 cup)
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 lbs ricotta cheese
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried parsley
8 ounces spaghetti sauce (jarred or homemade)
fresh basil, chopped, for garnish

1 In an 8 quart pot, bring water to a boil and cook shells for 8 minutes or until al dente.
2 Drain and cool immediately with cold water.
3 Drain and place open side down on paper towels.
4 In a medium bowl, combine the rest of ingredients except the spaghetti sauce.
5 Reserve the 1/4 cup of Mozzarella.
6 Place a thin layer of spaghetti sauce into the bottom of a 12 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish.
7 Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
8 Spoon the cheese mixture into each pasta shell and place open side up, in a single layer, in prepared pan.
9 Pour the rest of sauce over the stuffed shells.
10 Loosely cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
11 During last 5 minutes of baking, remove foil and sprinkle remaining Mozzarella cheese on top.
12 Bake 5 more minutes.
13 Garnish with fresh chopped basil.

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