Recipes · Vegetarian Recipes

Jumbo Stuffed Shells with Ratatouille

Those of us of a certain age grew up with stuffed shells and stuffed peppers as “gourmet” cooking back in the day. I remember how proud my mother was to present such an interesting way to serve a meal.

These Stuffed Shells with Ratatouille are an easy weeknight meal, ready in minutes and in this version, a vegetarian option. Just spoon the veggie mixture into each shell, and bake 12 minutes until the cheese melts. This version turns a French stew into a great way to add vegetables in a pasta dish.

Ingredients

  • 20 jumbo pasta shells, cooked first, drained and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1½ cups eggplant, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • ¾ cup diced Zucchini & Yellow Squash
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¾ cup diced tomatoes, with as little juice as possible
  • ½ cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups flavorful marinara sauce
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil (for cooking)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Italian 5-cheese blend (Parmesan, Fontina, Provolone, Asiago, Mozzarella) or any combo of these
  • Extra Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil (for topping)

How to Make It

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • In boiling water, cook shells according to package directions (8-10 minutes), Drain and let them cool to the touch.
  • While the shells cool, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and sauté 2 minutes.
  • Add eggplant and bell pepper; sauté 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add zucchini, squash, tomato, garlic and chickpeas; sauté 2 minutes, stirring as needed
  • Remove pan from heat; stir in 1 cup marinara, ½ cup basil, salt & pepper
  • Spread remaining 3/4 cup marinara over bottom of baking dish.
  • Spoon about 2 tablespoons vegetable mixture into each pasta shell.
  • Arrange filled shells in dish; sprinkle with the cheeses.
  • Bake at 450°F for 12 minutes, uncovered, so the cheese melts
  • Top with remaining 2 tablespoons basil.
Jumbo Stuffed Shells

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