Five Ingredient Stuffed Shells

Garlic adds flavor to this simple recipe for stuffed shellsFive Ingredient Stuffed Shells

Well, when designing recipes for stuffed shells, I kind of went overboard with my Chile Colorado-inspired chicken stuffed shells. For this recipe for stuffed shells, I wanted to do the opposite and see if I could produce a recipe for stuffed shells with as few ingredients as possible. Five seemed like a good number and, after seeing the results, I think it turned out pretty well!

By the way, we’re not counting water as an ingredient since it doesn’t make it into the final product. Plus, it’s my blog so I can cheat however I want!!

You will need:

  • 1 box of stuffed shells
  • Salt
  • 2 bricks cream cheese
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups heavy cream

(See, that’s no so bad, is it?)

By the way, if I could have had six ingredients, I’d top the shells with some shredded mozzarella cheese. If I had seven ingredients, I would definitely want some white pepper in both the sauce and the cream cheese mix. And if I could have eight ingredients, some cooking spray to grease the baking dish, but I’m a man of my word.

  1. Prepare the stuffed shells according to package directions. If the package directions, don’t specify boiling the shells in salty water, boil them in salty water!
  2. While the stuffed shells are boiling, combine 1.5 boxes of cream cheese with 3 cloves of garlic.
  3. Fill the shells with cream cheese when they are done cooking.
  4. Also, in a sauce pan over medium heat, bring the cream to a simmer with the other two cloves of garlic.
  5. When the sauce just starts to simmer, mix in the rest of the cream cheese to thicken the sauce slightly.
  6. Preheat oven to 350.
  7. Finally, pour about a third of the sauce into the baking dish. Layer the shells on top of the sauce.
  8. Liberally coat the shells with the rest of the sauce and bake until warm.


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