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Alfredo-Pancetta Stuffed Shells Recipe

Alfredo-Pancetta Stuffed Shells Recipe

I thought up this recipe while I was driving home from work. The local paper started a new reader recipe feature, so I sent this in, and I was published! Warm up some bread, pour the chardonnay and enjoy. —Tami Voltz, Rudolph, OH
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 12 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 4 ounces pancetta, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 jar (15 ounces) roasted garlic Alfredo sauce
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • 1. Cook pasta shells according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water.
  • 2. Meanwhile, cook pancetta in oil in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels, reserving drippings. Saute the spinach, garlic and pepper flakes in drippings until spinach is wilted.
  • 3. Transfer spinach mixture to a small bowl. Add ricotta, Parmesan cheese, egg yolk and pepper; mix well.
  • 4. Spread 1/2 cup Alfredo sauce into a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Spoon ricotta mixture into pasta shells; place in baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over shells.
  • 5. Cover and bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Top with pancetta. Yield: 6 servings.

Reviews for Alfredo-Pancetta Stuffed Shells

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Reviewed May. 9, 2016

"I've made this several times, it is amazing. One of my family favorites. They are creamy and have so much flavor. A keeper"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2016

"Deliciouso. Even without the pancetta that my beautiful woman forgot to get. I love you honey."

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2013

"This recipe was so good. My boyfriend went back for second and third helpings."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2013

"I loved it and my husband hated it. He said it was too garlicky and too rich. What to do with the leftovers. . . ."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.