Which is easier: feeding a baby or stuffing pasta shells? While you scratch your head and puzzle over that question, I’ll explain my logic. Both require an apron or bib, a spoon, and lots of patience. On a good day, feeding a baby only requires two hands—one to hold the spoon and one to wipe her mouth. But stuffing pasta shells requires at least three—two to hold the slippery little bugger open and one to cram the cheesy filling inside.
But I’m not an alien mutant with three hands, so the fingers on my two hands needed a refresher course in cooking acrobatics. They conveniently forgot their pasta-holding flexibilities since the last time I made this dish, and only after nearly ripping half of the shells did I finally get into the rhythm…
Pry shell open with two hands
Keep shell open with thumb and forefinger of left hand
Shove ricotta in as fast as possible with right hand
Drop shell into baking pan
Do a little celebration dance!
My dance only got bigger once the shells came out of the oven. Cheesy, saucy, and delicious, they were well worth the time and effort! And probably much easier to make than feeding a baby.