Alfredo-Pancetta Stuffed Shells Recipe
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Alfredo-Pancetta Stuffed Shells Recipe

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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.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 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 until cheese is melted, 10-15 minutes longer. Top with pancetta. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Alfredo-Pancetta Stuffed Shells in Simple & Delicious April/May 2013, p51

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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schamberlain User ID: 8299832 247990
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"

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 242624
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2016

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

sav0808 User ID: 4530296 198718
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2013

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

MY REVIEW User ID: 3572716 199945
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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