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chicken pesto pasta

Chicken Pesto Stuffed Shells

These Chicken Pesto Stuffed Shells are perfect for entertaining, weeknight dinner and really any occasion! Simple to prepare and packed with flavor!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword chicken pesto, chicken pesto pasta, creamy pesto pasta, stuffed shells, stuffed shells ricotta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 753kcal
Author Jenny
Cost $20


  • Oven
  • Bowl
  • Two 9 x 13 inch baking dishes


  • 2 boxes dry Shells large about 50
  • 26 ounce jar pasta sauce

Chicken Pesto Ricotta Mixture

  • 45 ounces Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup prepared basil pesto
  • 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.
  • 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, shredded chicken, Parmesan, mozzarella, pesto, 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 placed mine up today. Top each baking dish with shells then spoon 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 parsley or basil.


Calories: 753kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 180mg | Sodium: 2325mg | Potassium: 724mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2339IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 1428mg | Iron: 3mg