Growing up in my house, stuffed shells used to be a regular Italian dish that my mom prepared for us all the time. I wanted to try making a version of my moms recipe with a slight twist. The resulting dish was absolutely delicious and everyone loves them!
This recipe is adapted from Epicurious. Initially, I wasn’t sure about the use of feta cheese instead of traditional mozzarella cheese for a filling in stuffed shells. Feta cheese has a little bit more bite than regular cheeses. It’s usually salty with a pungent taste. But I decided to give it a try anyway and I’m glad I did. Baking the feta in with the rest of the ingredients made the taste mild, subtle, yet tasty. I made a few changes to the original recipe by omitting the eggs, adding more garlic and onions, and adding a few more ingredients to the sauce. The sauce is easily my favorite part of this recipe. I’ve even made the sauce over some Penne Pasta, omitting the stuffed shells, and love it!
I’ve made this Italian dish several times for dinner parties and it’s always been a huge hit! It’s perfect to make for large parties because you can easily prepare the sauce and stuff the shells the day before. Then all you have to do the day of is assemble the tray and bake! I typically serve these shells with a side of salad and fresh garlic bread. Enjoy!