Bacon-Cheese Stuffed Shells Recipe
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Bacon-Cheese Stuffed Shells Recipe

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“I make these rich shells for parties or for friends- and I always get rave reviews! It will surely please anyone and even have them asking for the recipe.” —Bekie Anderson, Austin, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Asiago cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups shredded Romano cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 554 calories, 42g fat (26g saturated fat), 139mg cholesterol, 975mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein .


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in 1 tablespoon butter until tender.
  3. In a large bowl, beat ricotta and 4 ounces cream cheese until blended. Stir in 1/2 cup Asiago cheese, Parmesan cheese, bacon, 1 tablespoon parsley, garlic salt, nutmeg, pepper and mushroom mixture. Spoon into shells; place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, melt remaining butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add cream, broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in Romano cheese and the remaining cream cheese, Asiago and parsley.
  5. Pour over shells. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Bacon-Cheese Stuffed Shells in Taste of Home October/November 2010, p38

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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TammyRWC 115101
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"I made this tonight and it was very good.. I added chicken to it. I'm thinking of making it with Hamburger and Bacon next time.."

J6475 115098
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"I cut the recipe in half when I cooked this for myself and tried freezing it. When reheated, it tasted just like it did right out of the oven. This worked out well because I had enough stuff to make it three times."

kimmyann5 158197
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!! I just wish someone else would make them!! :) :) My husband LOVES THEM!!!!! If they didn't take so much time to make he'd probably ask me to make them once a week! lol"

best of home cooks 141891
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"These were very good and will make them again. I used chopped shrimp and half and half. Next time I'll cut back a little on the bacon in order 2 taste the shrimp more. Love this."

dixeblonde 175162
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"Very very yummy, even better as leftovers !!!"

tchr90 175161
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"I forgot to mention that I made this without mushrooms and used Italian Blend Cheese instead of Asiago, Parmesan & Romano like another reviewer suggested. It did take some time to prepare but is well worth it!"

tchr90 173483
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"This is sooo yummy! To reduce the calories & fat I used Smart Balance 50/50 Butter Blend, Low-Fat Ricotta Cheese, Fat Free Cream Cheese, Fat-Free/Low Sodium chicken Broth, Skim Milk & Turkey Bacon. This turned out great--tasted like something from a restaurant! Both my husband & I say its a "keeper"! I will say that the sauce is very rich and cheesy--reminded me of Alfredo Sauce. Thanks for sharing a great recipe:)"

JoBish 160441
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

"Amazing! They are a favorite at our house and among our freezer cooking group."

mistymoo3 141890
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"We love this receipe...I made it with all the same stuff....Next time i will add chicken or shrimp maybe both"

Dacid 105713
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"Extremely rich and indulgent! One shell is enough!"

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