Our oven died. We bought it when we moved into our house, nine years ago. I’m a little frustrated it didn’t last longer, but searching around on Google it appears I picked a lemon. The piece we would need to replace is no longer being made, which makes purchasing a replacement likely more cost effective than a repair. In the meantime I have a stove where the stovetop works, but the oven does not.
I wasn’t expecting the oven to stop working, I mean it’s not the sort of thing one pre-plans for, particularly when your stove isn’t even ten years old. So I had all of these need to be baked in the oven meals planned out for the week. And then the oven died. I am one stubborn lady. I didn’t want to waste the food I had bought. I didn’t want to order in pizza. I wanted to make the darn baked stuffed shells I had planned on, and so I did. I ended up coming up with a way to “bake” the shells on the stovetop and it worked. Here’s my recipe:
Second Day Stovetop Stuffed Shells
|I realized I hadn’t taken a photo of all the shelled stuffed snugly into the pan, so I stopped adding the sauce
to take a picture. This is only about a quarter of the sauce, it was evenly covered before adding the cheese.
Step #4. Once the stuffed shells are all in the pan pour a jar of tomato sauce over top, spreading it out to it covers most of the shells. Then finally, top generously with shredded mozzarella.
Step #5. Normally my stuffed shells would go in the oven at this point. For the stove top version, place your pan, with the lid on, on the burner and turn it up to medium high. Leave it at that setting for about five minutes to heat the pan put, then turn the burner down to medium-low and cook for 40 minutes. Remove the lid and let it cook for another 5 minutes (this helps with the condensation that collects on top of the cheese). Remove from heat, let cool and serve.
These turned out good. The “baking” them on the stovetop thing worked just fine. We need to replace our oven, I can not imagine life without one. But I just may keep making these on the stovetop.
What about you guys? Got any tips for how to survive without an oven?