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Bacon-Cheese Stuffed Shells

 Bacon-Cheese Stuffed Shells
“I make these rich shells for parties or for friends- and I always get rave reviews! It will surely please anyone and even have them asking for the recipe.” —Bekie Anderson, Austin, Texas
12 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Asiago cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups shredded Romano cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large
  • skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in 1 tablespoon butter until
  • tender.

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Bacon-Cheese Stuffed Shells (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a large bowl, beat ricotta and 4 ounces cream cheese until
  • blended. Stir in 1/2 cup Asiago cheese, Parmesan cheese, bacon, 1
  • tablespoon parsley, garlic salt, nutmeg, pepper and mushroom
  • mixture. Spoon into shells; place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking
  • dish.
  • In a large saucepan, melt remaining butter. Stir in flour until
  • smooth; gradually add the cream, broth and milk. Bring to a boil;
  • cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Stir in Romano cheese and the remaining cream cheese, Asiago and
  • parsley. Pour over shells. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover
  • and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes
  • longer or until bubbly. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 2 stuffed shells equals 554 calories, 42 g fat (26 g saturated fat), 139 mg cholesterol, 975 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 26 g protein.