Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipes

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October 4, 2015

baked dishI've been making this recipe for years. It uses cream cheese instead of the usual ricotta. It is delicious. It's my go-to recipe when I go to gatherings or to take to someone who is ill or just had a baby. ( I just leave the instructions on how to bake it and pack along some garlic bread and salad). The original recipe uses 3 pounds of meat and makes a lot of shells. I cut it down to be enough for our family. But, you can double or triple it for large get-togethers.


Total Time: 45 minutes to make the shells, 1 hour to bake.

Yield: About 17 or 18 shells

Source: Food Network recipe "Northern Italian Pasta Shell Stuffing"



  • 1 pkg (10oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • Parmesan (about 1/2 cup)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 box (12 oz) jumbo shells
  • pasta sauce (I used a 24 oz can)


  1. Cook your pasta shells in salted water until al dente. I usually cook them for a minute less than the directions. You don't want them to get soggy while baking. Drain pasta. Let shells sit on a pan to cool down a little bit before handling.
  2. cooking shells
    cooked shells

  3. Squeeze the water out of the thawed spinach.
  4. Cook beef and onions until browned and cooked. Drain the grease from the pan.
  5. cooking meat & onion in pan
    cooked meat & onion
  6. Add to a big bowl, along with spinach and cream cheese. Let it sit for a few minutes. The heat from the meat helps to melt the cream cheese a bit and makes it easier to stir. Stir mixture.
  7. drained spinach
  8. Add Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper (according to taste). Taste your mixture now. If it needs more salt, add it. *Do this before you add your egg.
  9. meat mixed with spinach

  10. Once cooled down a bit, add your egg and stir until mixed.
  11. meat spinach mixture
  12. Spray a 9 x 9 inch pan with cooking spray. Pour enough pasta sauce in the bottom of your pan to coat the pan.
  13. layer of pasta sauce in pan
  14. Stuff shells with meat mixture. I add about 3 tablespoons or so.
  15. filling shells
  16. Put your shells in the pan. Once finished, top shells with remaining sauce. I like it all covered and smothered in sauce.
  17. filled shells
    sauce on shells

  18. Top with Parmesan cheese. Cover with aluminum foil. Place dish on a cookie sheet or some other larger pan to catch any drips.
  19. Parmesean on dish
    foil covered pan
  20. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.
  21. Let cool for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
  22. stuffed shell on plate
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July 8, 2018

These stuffed shells are so delicious, versatile, and easy to make too. Extra stuffed shells or left overs will save and freeze perfectly in the freezer.

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May 19, 2011

Everyone loves these!

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December 18, 2014

Stuffed pasta shells are a warm, hearty meal that is great for the winter.

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April 8, 2013

My daughter loves stuffed shells, so we decided to make our own. We also made our sauce.

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May 21, 2010

Cook pasta shells according to package directions. Drain shells; rinse with cold water and drain well. Set shells aside.

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December 15, 2011
These are unusual in that they are not the normal fare for pot luck or brunch but they are full of protein and kind of fun to make. :)
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March 6, 2007

This is just about our very favorite low calorie dish. I have modified it a bit from one I got from Healthy Choice cookbook.


Mix low fat cottage cheese, no fat mozzarella, basil, garlic and optional beef.

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May 7, 2019

Great tasty Italian dish! Serve it with a salad and garlic bread!

Homemade Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce

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October 21, 2009

Brown hamburger, onions, and spaghetti mix. Mix in cottage cheese and beans. Boil macaroni and rinse in cold water. Stuff shells and arrange in baking dish and pour spaghetti sauce over all.

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August 24, 2015

Jumbo stuffed pasta shells are sure to become a family favorite. They a simple to make and have tons of variations.

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April 29, 2013

Stuffed shells are delicious, loved my children and adults alike.

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February 9, 2017

A wonderful cheesy main dish that is easy to prepare and loved by the whole family. This page contains broccoli stuffed pasta shells recipe.

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