Stuffed Shells!!! Who doesn’t love a little boat of pasta stuffed with deliciousness, swimming in creamy goodness?! These are absolutely great for serving to a crowd, especially great for a vegetarian main course during the holidays! Ive made them with paneer and veggies but you could most certainly make a meat version of these using ground chicken or ground turkey! Oh, these definitely require some sort of a garlic bread on the side! You can make life easy and pop in some good ol Texas Toast in the oven or serve it with my Green Garlic Bread.
Here’s what you can do ahead:
- Make the paneer stuffing 1-2 days ahead of time and keep it refrigerated
- If you don’t want to make the paneer completely ahead of time, you can prep the garlic, chop the peppers, crumble the paneer ahead of time.
- The chopping can be a bit of work, so use this Amazing Chopper from Amazon to help you get through it!
- You can cook the shells and pre stuff the shells the day you’re serving it, just make sure you keep them covered so they do not dry out. Pour the sauce on the shells right before baking the shells. Pouring the sauce ahead of time will make them too soggy.
Other Notes for this recipe:
- I use Swad brand paneer but there are a ton of options!
- I used whatever veggies I had for the veggie mixture, so feel free to replace the mushrooms or spinach with other veggies like eggplant, kale etc.
- When you boil the shells, make sure you do not over cook them since they will cook again in the oven during the baking process. Boil them until they are about 80 percent cooked and then they will continue cooking off during the baking process.
- This recipe makes about 25-30 shells and if you have plenty of other sides, about 3 shells per person is a decent serving. If this is really your main course with minimal other sides, then account for 4-6 shells per person.
- Leftover paneer can be used on flatbread or pizza crust to make paneer bhurji pizzas or place it in a paratha with chutney for a quick wrap!
Here are some other vegetarian main courses you can make for Thanksgiving:
- Veggie Tikka Masala Stuffed Shells
- Chimichangas with Queso
- Spicy Mac & Cheese
- Creamy Poblano Enchiladas
- Green Garlic Bread