After college I moved to Ohio and lived by myself in a one bedroom apartment. I had no clue how to cook or what to cook. My dear sister, who loved to cook, took me under her wing. She was constantly sending me emails for recipes that she liked or ones she thought I should try. She also ordered me a subscription to Cooking for Two. By following the recipes she sent me, and calling with questions when I had one, I basically taught myself to cook. I don't think I'm an amazing cook by any means. I think I can follow a recipe! :) But thanks to her, I have a few good ones to choose from.
The following is a recipe that came from one of the Cooking for Two magazines I got.
Here's what you need:
6 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
(I always cook more. Some rip and aren't great to use. Plus, I can always fill more than 6.)
1/4 pound ground pork (I used ground turkey this time because that's what I had)
4 cups water
3 cups torn fresh spinach
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 T parmesan cheese, divided
2 T heavy whipping cream
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 t salt
1/8 t ground nutmeg
1/8 t ground pepper
1 cup meatless spaghetti sauce
Preheat oven to 400*
Cook pasta according to directions
In a skillet cook pork over medium heat
In a saucepan, bring water to boil; add spinach; boil for 1 to 2 minutes or until wilted
Drain and squeeze dry; chop the spinach
In a bowl, combine the pork, spinach, egg, 1 T parmesan cheese, cream, garlic, salt, nutmeg and pepper
Because I love cheese, I also add some shredded cheese to the mix--just a little
Spread 1/4 cup sauce in an ungreased 1 qt baking dish
Drain the shells and stuff with mixture, then lay on top of sauce in the pan
Drizzle with remaining sauce and sprinkle with remaining cheese (I won't lie--I didn't measure these. I just drizzled and sprinkled until I felt good! :)
Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
Uncover (and I also sprinkle some shredded cheese on at this point) and bake 10 to 15 more minutes
I made 8 shells and we ate two each. That left us with one leftover meal.
The recipe says it makes 6 and a serving should be 3. It's up to you.
Also, I have doubled this meal before and it works out just fine.