This recipe for Stuffed Pasta Shells is on of my absolute favorites. It does require more prep time than I prefer, but I usually make at least 2 batches and free one. Who doesn’t love freeze ahead meals? 2 bangs for your buck!

Stuffed Pasta Shells

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients
1 (16 oz.) package uncooked large pasta shells
1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 (15 oz.) container ricotta cheese or cottage cheese (for less fat)
1 lb. of meat (hamburger meat/Italian sausage)
2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
1 (28 oz.) jar pasta sauce (I make my own sauce.)

Directions
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook shells for 5 to 8 minutes, or until just slightly underdone; drain and rinse.
2. Brown meat.
3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together grated cheese, ricotta/cottage cheese, meat, and 1 cup Parmesan cheese.
4. In your baking pan, spread 2 table spoons of sauce on the bottom of a 13×9 pan instead of grease.
5. Take a pasta shell and place on tablespoonful of cheese/meat mixture. Place it in the pan. Do that with all the shells. Then spread about 1/2 of the sauce on top. (I heat up the other 1/2 of the sauce to place noodles after cooking.)
6. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the dish.
7. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven for 30 min, or until hot and bubbly.

 

Stuffed Pasta Shells
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 (16 oz.) package uncooked large pasta shells
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 (15 oz.) container ricotta cheese or cottage cheese (for less fat)
  • 1 lb. of meat (hamburger meat/Italian sausage)
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (28 oz.) jar pasta sauce (I make my own sauce.)
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook shells for 5 to 8 minutes, or until just slightly underdone; drain and rinse.
  2. Brown meat.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together grated cheese, ricotta/cottage cheese, meat, and 1 cup Parmesan cheese.
  4. In your baking pan, spread 2 table spoons of sauce on the bottom of a 13x9 pan instead of grease.
  5. Take a pasta shell and place on tablespoonful of cheese/meat mixture. Place it in the pan. Do that with all the shells. Then spread about ½ of the sauce on top. (I heat up the other ½ of the sauce to place noodles after cooking.)
  6. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the dish.
  7. Bake in a preheated 350 ° F oven for 30 min, or until hot and bubbly.