Large Stuffed Shells with Ragu & Cream

Large Stuffed Shells with Ragu & Cream
Adapted from ciaoitalia.com
Large Stuffed Shells with Ragu & Cream

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Adapted from ciaoitalia.com

Ingredients

  • RAGU

  • 1

    tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 3/4

    pound lean ground beef

  • 1/2

    cup dry red wine

  • 1

    cup Tomato Basil Sauce

  • WHITE SAUCE

  • 4 1/2

    cups low-fat milk

  • 8

    tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter

  • 1/2

    cup King Arthurâ„¢ Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour

  • 1/2

    teaspoon fine sea salt

  • One

    12-ounce box large (2-inch) pasta shells

  • 1/4

    cup milk

  • 1 1/2

    cups heavy cream

  • 1/4

    cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Directions

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the meat and cook, stirring, until browned. Raise the heat to high, stir in the wine, and let most of it evaporate. Lower the heat to medium, add the tomato sauce, and cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until thickened. Set aside. In a large saucepan, scald the milk. Set aside. In another large saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour to make a smooth paste, and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the hot milk, and cook, whisking, until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Stir in the salt. Remove from the heat and stir in the ragu until well blended. Transfer the ragu to a bowl, cover and refrigerate. This will make it easier to fill the shells. Preheat the oven to 375F. Lightly butter a 14 x 8-inch baking dish. Using a spoon, fill the shells with the ragu mixture and place them close together in the baking dish. In a bowl, combine the milk and heavy cream. Slowly pour evenly over the shells. Sprinkle the cheese over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes. Serve immediately.

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