Reduced-Fat Stuffed Shells With Meat Sauce
When beef and cheese are the star ingredients, cutting the fat and calories is a daunting challenge.
Why This Recipe Works
Fat-free cottage cheese mimicked the smooth texture of full-fat ricotta in our Reduced-Fat Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce. We found that part-skim mozzarella offered plenty of flavor with fewer calories. Our calorie-cutting changes left the filling for our Reduced-Fat Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce thin and runny. Ground-up saltines bound the filling without adding extra fat or unwanted flavors. Although healthier than higher-fat options, 93 percent lean ground beef still needed help in terms of texture and flavor. Whirring the meat in the food processor helped tenderize it, and a shot of glutamate-rich soy sauce boosted the beefy flavor.