Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Sausage

Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Sausage

Stuffed pasta is a luxury that I hardly ever get myself into.

And now that I think about it, this is the first time I've ever made stuffed pasta! I made this at the beginning of April on a languid spring-like Thursday evening when I was feeling adventurous enough to actually try piping the filling in the shells rather than spooning it in. A word of advice: don't try piping the filling unless you are sure your sausage and spinach mixture is chopped finally enough. Mine wasn't and I ended up just being exasperated with even trying so I resorted back to a good ol' spoon. 

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Mini Meatball Soup

Mini Meatball Soup

I have this weird obsession for mini things.

I internally freak out whenever I see miniature kitchen supplies (even though I know they are sometimes a bit pointless), miniature foods, miniature plants, miniature paper goods, miniature ceramics and the list goes on. This is so much so that for one Christmas my sister Kristen gave me a set of ramekins because every time we would browse inside a kitchen store I would point them out and go ga-ga at how cute they were.

So naturally, when I made this meatball soup, the pasta and the meatballs had to be bite-sized and miniature. None of this extra-large stuff like the meatballs that are served at Buca di Beppo. If given the choice, I'd rather have 10 mini meatballs than 1 large one the size of a tennis ball. 

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