Three Cheese Stuffed Shells

Pasta, pasta, pasta! The only thing vegetarians eat right? Not completely true, but we do eat a lot of carbs. There’s something about stuffed shells that I have always loved. When I was younger, whenever I went out to an Italian restaurant I was either getting stuffed shells or gnocchi. To be honest not much has changed. Since I love pasta and I obviously have a serious cheese addiction, I decided to make some stuffed shells and share their cheesy goodness with you all!

When I was making this I realized that I was basically making the filling for a cheese calzone but stuffing pasta, not bread. With that being said, let’s get to the cheesy goodness!

Ingredients

  • 1 box of jumbo shells
  • 20 oz ricotta cheese
  • 2 1/2 c grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 c grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 egg*
  • 2 (26 oz) jars spaghetti sauce**
  • Salt and pepper

*Note: To do 1/2 an egg: crack the egg into a bowl, whisk it and then use half of that.

**Note: Depending on what sauce you buy, you may want to add some seasoning to it to give it some flavor. Feel free to use a homemade sauce if you prefer!

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook jumbo shells according to box directions. Drain and rinse shells. Set aside.
  3. In a medium-large sized bowl, mix together ricotta, 1 3/4 c of mozzarella, parmesan, egg, salt, pepper and additional seasoning if desired.
  4. Using a 13×9 pan, or larger, coat the bottom of the pan with a thin layer of sauce.
    • Depending on how you line the shells up in the pan, you may need to use two pans to fit them all.
  5. Place a spoonful of filling into a shell. Repeat with remaining shells.
  6. Once all of the shells are filled, coat with remaining sauce.
    • You might not use all of the second jar of sauce.
  7. Sprinkle shells with the remaining mozzarella.
  8. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for about 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Yum, yum! These are easy delicious shells are perfect for a weeknight dinner. Make some garlic bread to go with it and you’re all set!

 

Happy Cooking!

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