Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe

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This Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe with meat sauce is perfect for so many occasions – weekend entertaining, Sunday Dinner and it’s even simple enough for weeknight dinners!

cooked stuffed shells in baking dish

Easy Stuffed Shells

I’m all about easy and delicious dinner recipes, so I am excited to share our very favorite stuffed shells with sausage today! The whole family loves this tasty dinner recipe that will quickly become a favorite in your home.

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ingredients for stuffed shells

What You’ll Need

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  • pasta sauce 
  • ground sausage
  • dry Shells
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • mozzarella cheese
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper 
  • Garlic Salt
  • fresh basil

How To Make Stuffed Shells

Cook the meat sauce. Brown sausage in large skillet over medium heat until browned and crumbled. Add sausage to the remaining pasta sauce stirring to combine.

Cook shells according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside while you prepare the ricotta. 

Mix cheese filling. Place Ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, salt, pepper and garlic salt into a large bowl, stirring to combine.

Assemble pasta dish. Scoop about 2 tablespoons in each cooked shell and place side by side into the baking dish. You can place seam side down or up. I place mine down. Top with a few tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese then spoon meat sauce over each shell. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Make sure to line your pasta shells nice and close to one another. Since this dish is just a single layer you want to be able to fit as much as possible in your pan.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until hot and melted. 

top stuffed shells with fresh basil

Do I Arrange My Shells Seam Side Up or Down?

Honestly, you can do either. I like to place my stuffed shells seam side down so that I top the top with more shredded mozzarella. It’s great either way. Arrange them how you’d like!

cheesy topped stuffed shells

So much cheese deliciousness!

How To Serve Stuffed Shells

There are so many ways to enjoy a good baked pasta dish. I like to serve stuffed shells with garlic toast and a side salad. Easy, simpler dinner perfection!

stuffed shells cooked in baking pan

How To Store and Reheat Leftovers

You can store any leftover shells in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To reheat simply scoop your desired amount onto a plate and then reheat in the microwave. The amount of time depends upon how much you are trying to heat up. I recommend reheating this dish single servings at a time and starting with about 1 min 30 seconds in the microwave. Then give the pasta a little stir and test the shells that were in the center of the dish to see if they have reheated. I usually need to heat for another minute or so after testing.

baking dish with stuffed shells
5 from 1 vote

Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe

These easy stuffed shells are perfect for weekend entertaining, Sunday dinner and even simple enough for weeknight dinners. The whole family loves them!
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 707kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $15
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Equipment

  • Oven
  • Bowl
  • Baking Dish

Ingredients

  • 26 ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 2 boxes dry Shells large about 50

Ricotta Mixture

  • 45 ounces Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Lawry’s Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Pour 1/2 cup pasta sauce into bottom of two 9 x 13 inch baking dishes.
  • Brown sausage in large skillet over medium heat until browned and crumbled. Add sausage to the remaining pasta sauce stirring to combine.
  • Cook shells according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside while you prepare the ricotta. Be sure not to overcook shells as they will break. Once drained I like to place onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray to keep them from sticking to each other.
  • Place Ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, salt, pepper and garlic salt into a large bowl, stirring to combine. Scoop about 2 tablespoons into each cooked shell and place side by side into the baking dish. You can place seam side down or up. I place mine down. Top each baking dish with shells with a few tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese, then spoon meat sauce evenly over each shell. Top with fresh shredded mozzarella cheese and bake for 30-35 minutes, until hot and melted. Before serving top with sliced fresh basil.

Nutrition

Calories: 707kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 2032mg | Potassium: 683mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1640IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 1064mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: easy stuffed shells, stuffed pasta shells, stuffed shells with meat

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