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baking dish with stuffed shells

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
Keyword easy stuffed shells, stuffed pasta shells, stuffed shells with meat
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 707kcal
Author Jenny
Cost $15


  • Oven
  • Bowl
  • Baking Dish


  • 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


  • 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.


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