Every year my mom, sister and my girls go to Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina. This has been a long standing tradition since well before I was born…that’s 40+ years. We meet with my grandmother’s side of the family- there is typically around 40-50 people divided among 3 different beach houses. It is truly the best vacation and something we look forward to each year. Last year our Aunt Dawn made her special stuffed shells and Shelby fell in love with them. Ever since we left that trip not only did she have a special place in her heart for Ocean Isle, Aunt Dawn’s daughters, but those super tasty shells that only Aunt Dawn could make. Thanks Dawn for taking the time to show me how to make these so that Shelby can have a great reminder throughout the year of special people back in North and South Carolina!
We decided to incorporate ground beef into the cheese mixture. On our second round of making these with browned Italian elk sausage (you could use regular Italian sausage) and added that to the pasta sauce. We empty the jars of sauce into a sauce pan, added the brown Italian sausage and let it come to a simmer. We served that over the shells and the girls and guests loved it!