{Make-Ahead} Unstuffed Shells

I made this for the family a few weeks ago... it was a total HIT!  Super-easy, and made great leftovers, too.  Will definitely be revisiting this recipe again right after the holidays.  :)  (As seen on Kraft.)

{Make-Ahead} Unstuffed Shells

total time: 1 hr 15 min
prep time: 30 min
servings: 6

4 c. medium pasta shells, uncooked
1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce
1 8-oz. block of cream cheese
1/2 c. sour cream
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1/3 c. chopped fresh basil
1/4 c. grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
1.5 c. Kraft shredded mozzarella cheese with a touch of Philadelphia

Cook pasta as directed on package, without salt.
Brown meat in large skillet; drain. 
Stir in marinara sauce; simmer on medium heat for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Drain pasta. 
Mix cream cheese, sour cream, Italian seasoning, basil and Parmesan in large bowl; stir in pasta.
Spray 13x9 baking dish with non-stick spray. 
Spread half the meat sauce onto bottom of the dish; cover with layers of pasta mixture and remaining meat sauce. 
Sprinkle with mozzarella; cover with foil. 

2 options:
  1. Bake NOW - Heat oven to 375ºF.  Cover dish - bake 20 minutes.  Uncover dish - bake another 10 minutes.
  2. Bake LATER - {Refrigerate up to 24 hours.} Heat oven to 375ºF.  Cover dish - bake 30 minutes.  Uncover dish - bake another 15-20 minutes.

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