Stuffed Shells

Stuffed Shells

This baked stuffed shells recipe is a comfort food classic that combines ground beef, marinara sauce, and three types of cheese. The ultimate stuffed shells, perfectly browned and beyond delicious.

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What you need:

Jumbo pasta shells

Salt and pepper




Ground beef

Spaghetti sauce

and more...

Olive oil

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, generously add salt and pepper and sauté until softened - about 4 - 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two.


Add the beef and cook until browned, breaking it up as it cooks. When the beef is almost cooked through.


Sprinkle the Italian herbs over it.


Then add your spaghetti sauce or fresh Italian Marinara sauce, incorporate and remove from heat. Store-bought for easy dinners and fresh marinara for special occasions.


In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, and egg - mix well.


Then mix into the beef mixture.


In a separate baking dish, pour some of the sauce leftovers into the bottom of the dish and spread them evenly. This is the baking dish we will be putting in the oven. Finish this, then set it aside.


With the shells stuffed, it's time to assemble the dish. In the baking dish with the pasta or marinara sauce, place the jumbo pasta shells into the baking dish with the rounded part facing up and the stuffing in the sauce.


Cover the entire ensemble with the meat sauce you prepared. Then put all the leftover cheese on top of the meat sauce. The cheese will melt in the oven and make a nice top for the dish.


Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. For the last 10 minutes, remove the foil so the cheese can brown properly. When you remove the foil, keep it handy in case you need to store leftovers.

Cooking Tips

If ground beef is not part of your weekly diet plan, try using Italian sausage, ground chicken, or turkey instead. Chicken is the perfect alternative to use with pasta recipes.



Since this recipe involves three different kinds of cheese, it is possible to change them for similar variants like whipped cottage cheese instead of ricotta cheese or cheddar instead of parmesan cheese.

If you are vegetarian, try my Jumbo Stuffed Shells with mushrooms and smoked gouda sauce. I always tend to go with mushrooms when I am cooking meatless—they are so flavorful, and I love their texture.


Swap the marinara sauce for alfredo if you want something more creamy to go with the ricotta filling.


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