I'm often on the 4am shift at work (which means getting up at 2:30am), and by about 3 or 4pm my eyes are droooooping - I always get to that stage where I keep falling asleep in the chair and wake myself up when my head falls down. Very amusing to everyone watching, but not particularly fun. I actually sprained my neck today - seriously. Most embarrassing injury ever.
I usually go for a 'short' nap, which inevitably turns into me somehow turning my alarm off in my sleep and waking up 3 hours later (how do I do this? I'm really good at getting up when I actually have to get up for something, it's as if my subconscious knows that the alarm doesn't mean anything and just thinks 'nope not getting up').
Anyway, none of that has any relevance whatsoever (umm, apart from maaaybe that a big plate of warming pasta might make you sleepy? Maybe?) but anyway. Have some enchilada stuffed shells.
I guess this is a fusion recipe, since it's sort of Italian and sort of Mexican. Combining two great things may not always have a good outcome but in this case it definitely does. Black beans, gooood. Spicy sauce, goooood. Pasta, goooood.
(it's seriously scary just how often a Friends reference pops into my head and I have no-one to share it with. Let me have this one ok?)
I guess the filling of these shells is somewhat related to that of the creamy ricotta enchiladas I posted last year (I'd like to think my photographs are approximately a thousand times better than they used to be... yeeeeesh) - I really like how the creamy ricotta cools the spicy sauce somewhat. Plus there's a crispy cheesy topping which is never ever ever bad.
I wanted to get some extra veggies into my dinner so I added a layer of sliced mushrooms, but if you're cooking for a picky eater then you can easily skip these. See, no excuses!
My blog has moved! All the recipes on this blog, plus more, can now be found at www.amuse-your-bouche.com. FOR THIS RECIPE, PLEASE SEE HERE: ENCHILADA STUFFED PASTA SHELLS.