Baked Stuffed Shells

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Originally post in 2013 (Photography has come a long way in five years!)

I absolutely love Italian food, my favorite dish being anything made with pasta. I can make a pretty tasty lasagna, baked ziti and spaghetti bolognese, but I have always been intimidated by stuffed shells – until today! Without any help from any other recipes, I made my first ever dish of stuffed shells. And I must say, it came out great! Let me know if you have any tips or recommendations for this dish in the comments section below! Thanks and enjoy 🙂


  • Box of Jumbo Shells (I used Muller’s 12oz box)
  • 1 lb. of Lean Ground Beef (can be omitted or substituted for spinach)
  • One 32 oz Container of Ricotta Cheese
  • One Large Egg
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 Cups Spaghetti Sauce (I used my own sauce that contains tomatoes, green & red peppers, red onion and dashes of “The Family Secret Recipe Mix”. I will share photos of my sauce preparations because I think it is great if everyone can make their own sauce instead of using a jar of a pre-made sauce. It takes a little bit more time, but it allows you to add (read “Hide”) fresh vegetables to your sauce which is great when struggling with picky eaters in the house. I cannot give out all my ingredients to my sauce, but I challenge you to have fun and create your own! Let me know what you created in the comments below!)

Cooking Instructions 

  1. Cook jumbo shells according to instructions on box. Drain, cover and set aside.
  2. Brown ground beef with the salt and pepper in large skillet. Once cooked, drain and set aside on separate plate to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg,  Italian seasoning and  3/4 cup of parmesan cheese. Mix all together and add ground beef.IMG_4766
  4. Grease a 13×9 baking dish and carefully spoon ricotta and ground beef mix into each shell. Arrange shells into rows until dish is full. (You may have some ricotta mix left over which can be used for another night in the week. Can be used for lasagna or baked ziti.)
  5. Spoon a small amount of spaghetti sauce on each shell. Save remaining sauce to use at the table after the shells have baked.IMG_4771
  6. Spoon the remaining 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese over shells and sprinkle mozzarella cheese (because you can never have enough cheese, right?!) for a final layer on the shells.IMG_4768
  7. Cover dish and bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Photo of finished product below! IMG_4775


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