Ultimate Stuffed Shells to Ring in the Holidays

Of course, ricotta, sausage, spinach and mushroom stuffed seasoned shells, can’t be wrong. This has got to be the most obvious traditional stuffed shells for the holidays this time of year.

Myself and therefore, for that reason I’m putting them off, because I know they will appear everywhere and including on my own buffet table at New Year’s. So before that, on my menu, I’ll remove them.

But this is a wonderful recipe! Keeper!!!


Ultimate Stuffed Shells to Ring in the Holidays


Barilla Stuffed Shells Recipe – RecipeTips.com

And also, continuing from the post below from today (calendar: November 17, 2019), this is the same basic stuffed shells with marinara sauce; the first recipe from Mueller Pasta Corp. was without tomato sauce and this from Barilla Pasta Corp., has tomato sauce; only basic difference. I think it’s safe to say, both are on the table somewhere at some time within the weeks of celebration and if we’re talking about a catered or self-catered hall, then both are there together. I don’t know how silly I would feel suggesting that persons adopt my own old Italian household tradition of rolling out pans and pans of pasta on holiday spreads for a particular given day; I seriously believe we’re a forgotten tradition by now. (We would usually have about two pastas during a holiday day, sometimes more.)


Barilla Stuffed Shells Recipe – RecipeTips.com

Stuffed Jumbo Shells with Cheese – Mueller’s Recipes | Mueller’s Pasta

Okay, so after my own talk down on a Christmas Banquet menu, because honestly, I don’t know how to contain menu planning ideas — I’m used to answering questions on large parties or for large numbers and being small about menu planning is just something other people do, not me. I’ll keep my explanation general to that…. I don’t think I finished my first sentence, did I?… No. But I decided to give it a long look and a short try here and there on my blog over the coming weeks through the Thanksgiving holiday and into the beginning of December.

I have no hopes it serves for anything besides a banquet hall catering feast. But that’s as good as I can think it through this year. As well as I can, fine.

So to begin with — anyone should know by now there’s no discussing omitting pasta on any holiday menu — I thought to bring in some stuffed pasta and to use a perfect recipe of ricotta stuffed shells; this is perfect in the sense that it has no deviance from the most useful and ordinary make on the dish, in the same way, that if you were to make for instance, an apple pie, you wouldn’t want to lose all the definition of the apple and it’s own sweet juices in sauces, with the extras that might otherwise be. It’s a crust, which proceeds to fresh apples and the jam that is the apple’s juice and the few seasons which bring the taste to be, like cinnamon, nutmeg, and for me, that’s chocolate, but I think I have that wrong even; that would be an Italian apple pie actually, so this is the important ricotta stuffed jumbo pasta shells for the opening of the table.

Now. Having said that. I can’t help but add, my banquet menu plans are usually fickle and like to show off more than one kind of recipe per dish. So I will probably add more stuffed or baked pasta to the open of the menu.

This is my first suggestion anyway.

Stuffed Jumbo Shells with Cheese – Mueller’s Recipes | Mueller’s Pasta

Italian Christmas Eve Menu: 31 Traditional Italian Recipes | MrFood.com

I know this says Christmas Eve Italian Menu, but honestly, I think these recipes are season worthy from anytime December 1st through to even January 15th considering all the Roman Catholic holidays that go with the Christmas Season and how these traditions have spread out worldwide, I mean, besides just Christmas and Christmas Eve.

I can’t say that this is a true Christmas Eve or Christmas Italian menu otherwise; but I will vouchsafe that it is seasonal menu fare for those weeks.

For that matter, I can’t pull together a genuine Italian Christmas Eve and Christmas menu all by myself. My traditions are too spread out over about 3 or 4 or maybe by now, all continents — I’m not sure that I’m clear on Indian and Arabian traditions, but I’m good with North American, European, and I’m not sure who else I’m thinking of, but many cultures.

I know that Italian Christmases are spread out by about 6 weeks of dedicated traditions in the Roman Catholic church or even, quite seriously, the litany of pagan traditions throughout Europe. Both are equitable in the season’s trespass. For that matter, the actual two days are very light celebrations, even the festivities are not the weighty celebrations they are everywhere else in the Christian world, but the celebrations are set out over the trespass of the Church calendar for those weeks, almost all the way into  Valentine’s Days for Orthodox question, but definitely including the celebrations concerning the BVM (Blessed Virgin Mary).

So I’ve dropped off a few early Christmas recipes to induct the six weeks beginning December 1st, for the sake of my own broad view traditions; nothing really more. I keep telling myself I will try to present a Christmas menu, nothing in original recipes of course, but I keep shrinking from the task because I tend to lean towards large banquet menu plans and I don’t think that’s really a fair statement to everyone planning a regular dinner and looking for suggestions. So while I cross over recipes, you can suppose, it’s all for one large important banquet or dinner. I don’t know that I will ever get to that menu per se.

But the Christmas recipes introduced in the last two days here (November 16-17) are just starter ideas.


Italian Christmas Eve Menu: 31 Traditional Italian Recipes | MrFood.com

Maple Bourbon Bacon Squash Salad

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What does Autumn mean to you? When fall arrives, my head immediately begins to imagine gathering around the table with family and friends to celebrate the holidays. From fall birthdays to Friends and Thanksgiving and even the everyday ordinary…these are the moments where the world seems to slow down, people connect, the outside stressors melt away and we mindfully practice tuning in.

Traditions vary from house to house, but we have a Thanksgiving tradition in my family that has stayed the course of time. Our Thanksgiving meal is lunch, but the understanding is guests stay all day and nosh on the leftovers again at dinner. There’s football on in the background, a competitive game of scrabble or two, slow sips of wine or champagne and a variety of food. 

This year, we’re mixing it up when it comes to some of the sides…

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