Sunday, August 23, 2015



I’m always trying to take my favorites and lower the carb count.
Stuffed Pasta Shells 
Yields 20 stuffed shells - 10 servings
266 calories, 20 carbs, 2 sugars
1 container Bella Vita Low Carb Pasta sauce
½ c tomato sauce
1 lb lean ground beef
½ medium onion chopped
1 clove garlic minced
8 oz mozzarella cheese shredded
1 egg
½ oz (approximately 6 medium) pork rinds - crushed
1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
Fresh or dry parsley
¼ c grated Parmesan cheese (or less)
20 Jumbo pasta shells ( you may want to cook more than 20 in case some break to tear during cooking.)
salt and pepper if desired
Preheat oven to 400°F
Combine tomato sauce and Bella Vita pasta sauce together in a bowl.
Boil water for pasta. While water is boiling, brown beef, onion and garlic until done. Rinse drain and set aside to cool.
While pasta is cooking, mix together beef mixture, egg, 7 oz mozzarella cheese, pork rinds, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
Prepare a 9x13 or larger baking dish. Pour approximately ¼ of the pasta sauce into the bottom of the pan and spread evening.
When pasta has cooked al dente’ and cooled, stuff meat mixture into shells carefully so they don’t tear. Place shells in pan. Continue until you have 20 shells filled. Cover shells with remaining pasta sauce, sprinkle on the grated parmesan cheese and the remaining mozzeralla cheese as well as the parsley.
Bake for 20 minutes. 
Serve with a side salad and Enjoy
Note: If you just want to make this into a meatball recipe and leave out the pasta, the carb count drops to 5 per serving.

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