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Jun 24, 2021


Italian Dinner

A Fun and Easy Italian Dinner: Lasagna Stuffed Shells, Salad, Bread, and Éclair Cake

There’s nothing quite like a delicious Italian-inspired dinner to bring family and friends together. Whether you’re hosting a special occasion or simply want to enjoy a cozy evening at home, this fun and easy menu is sure to impress. From the savory Lasagna Stuffed Shells to the refreshing Salad, complemented by freshly baked Bread and topped off with a delectable Éclair Cake for dessert, this complete meal will satisfy all your cravings. So, gather your ingredients and get ready to embark on a culinary adventure. Let’s dive into the recipes!

Lasagna Stuffed Shells


  • 21 jumbo shell pasta
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 (24oz.) cans of marinara sauce
  • 1 (16oz.) container of cottage cheese
  • 1pound mozzarella cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. In a big pot of salted boiling water cook jumbo shells for 9 minutes.
  2. When cooked drain well and set aside to cool. In a frying pan cook ground beef and onion. When done drain grease.
  3. Then add 1 can of marinara sauce, and mix to combine.
  4. In a mixing bowl add cottage cheese, 3/4 of the mozzarella cheese, basil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese, and mix to combine. Now you are ready to stuff the shells.
  5. In a greased 9×13 baking dish put half of the other bottle of marinara sauce. Spread evenly to cover the bottom of the baking dish.
  6. Then take a shell and stuff it halfway with the meat mixture and halfway with the cheese mixture. Continue with the rest of the shells.
  7. When done top with the other half jar of marinara sauce and the rest of the mozzarella cheese.
  8. In a preheated 375-degree oven cook for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

Italian Salad



  • 3 romaine hearts (chopped)
  • 1 large shallot (diced)
  • 1 English cucumber (diced)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup green olives (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup jarred pepperoncini (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese plus some for serving


  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 small garlic clove (grated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil


  1. In a bowl mix the dressing and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix the salad.
  3. Right before serving time dress the salad tossing gently.
  4. Then top with more shaved parmesan cheese. Serve and enjoy.

Sinful Bread


  • 2 loaf’s French bread
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup onion (minced)
  • paprika
  • dried parsley



  1. In a bowl mix parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, and onion, and mix to combine.
  2. Cut French bread lengthwise and place it on a cookie sheet.
  3. Spread the mayonnaise mixture all over the French bread.
  4. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley.
  5. Preheat to broil. Put bread in the oven to crisp up. Keep an eye on it because it will happen quicker than you think. Serve and enjoy.

Éclair Cake


Cream Puff Recipe

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs


  • 1 large package of vanilla pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 (16oz.) container cool whip
  • chocolate syrup



  1. In a saucepan combine butter, milk, water, and salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. Then stir in flour and continue cooking for two minutes stirring constantly.
  3. Take off the heat and put it in a mixing bowl, let cool for a couple of minutes.
  4. Then one at a time add eggs till they are all incorporated.
  5. Spray a 9×13 baking dish. Then spread the dough evenly on the bottom of the dish.
  6. In a preheated 425-degree oven cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Then turn the oven down to 325 degrees and continue cooking for 20 more minutes.
  8. Take out of the oven and let cool down completely before adding the toppings.
  9. In a bowl add the pudding mix and milk and stir to combine put in the fridge for a few minutes until set.
  10. Take a cooled cream puff and add the vanilla pudding and spread evenly.
  11. Then add cool whip and spread evenly. Top with chocolate syrup.
  12. Store in the fridge until time to serve.

In Conclusion:

With this fun and easy Italian-style dinner, you’ll have a delightful feast ready to impress your guests or satisfy your own cravings. The savory Lasagna Stuffed Shells offer a unique twist on the classic dish, while the refreshing Salad provides a perfect balance of flavors. The homemade Bread adds a comforting touch, and the indulgent Éclair Cake is the perfect finale to this scrumptious meal. So, gather your loved ones, head to the kitchen, and enjoy the process of creating a memorable dining experience. Buon appetito!

This is Renee “Doing what I Love”

To see how I made it live click the links below.
Lasagna Stuffed Shells (6) Facebook

Salad and Bread (6) Facebook

Éclair Cake (6) Facebook


Hi there! My name is Renee Dalton. I'm not a professional chef but a self taught cook and baker. I have loved to cook and bake for as long as I can remember. Cooking and baking for others is one thing that brings me a lot of joy.

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