Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Boyfriend Cooks, Mexican Stuffed Shells

I am lucky enough to have an amazing chef as a boyfriend. On his days off he always surprises me with a delicious home cooked meal. Sometimes it is something decadent like a Dijon Encrusted Rack of Lamb, and sometimes it is something super simple like these Mexican Stuffed Shells. It is something that brings my boyfriend back to his childhood, and is one of his favorite meals his mother used to make him. It has a super simple ingredient list, but there is definitely no lack in the flavor department. This meal is spicy, cheesy, and crunchy all at the same time. Yes please!

Lets Get Started. 

Ground Beef
Bell Peppers
Large Pasta Shells
Fresh Herbs 
Hot salsa 
Shredded Cheddar & Pepper Jack Cheese
Fried Onion Strings for topping

Super Simple Method of Prep
1. Chop your produce and herbs into bite sized pieces
2. In a hot pan sautee your vegetables with the garlic 
3. Add the ground beef and cook through 
4. While the beef is cooking, cook your shells in salted water 
5. Add the cumin and herbs to your mixture
6. Add salsa to the pan, we used an entire jar

7. Remove the shells and place them on a sheet tray
8. Carefully stuff each shell with the ground beef mixture until each one is stuffed

9. Top each of the shells with shredded cheese and fried onions
10. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until cheese is melted

Though this is not a complicated dish, it is flavorful. This is comfort food with a spicy twist, and I picture us making these on a cold winters night. And for good measure here is a picture of the cheesy, but not so photogenic, dish


xo. Casey

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