Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe
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Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe

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I put this recipe together one day when we had unexpected guests. It was an immediate hit and is now a family favorite. Get the kids involved when putting together this simple, savory dish. —Dolores Betchner, Cudahy, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 36 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 36 frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs (1/2 ounce each), thawed
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

3 stuffed shells equals 334 calories, 17 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 711 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 16 g protein.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta shells according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. Spread 1/2 cup sauce into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Fill each shell with a meatball; place over sauce. Top with remaining sauce and cheese.
  3. Bake, covered, 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 3-5 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Easy Stuffed Shells in Taste of Home April/May 2009, p36

Nutritional Facts

3 stuffed shells equals 334 calories, 17 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 711 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 16 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

"This is an easy recipe that tastes delicious! My kids love lasagna, but since it's so time consuming I rarely make it. This dish tastes like lasagna but it's a third of the work! I added some sharp cheese along with the mozzarella and would add a little more sauce next time."

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Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"This was so easy especially since I had some homemade spaghetti sauce in the freezer. The other really great thing is how you can play with the recipe (I suppose kids could play with the food itself) like adding ricotta cheese and spinach to each shell under the meatball. Easier than making lasagna!!"

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Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"My 4-yr-old chose this recipe and proudly helped assemble it (he tired of it before we finished). Then he declared it "the best dinner ever!" The rest of us enjoyed it too. It was quick and easy and didn't leave many dirty dishes."

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Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"Very clever idea... I used a vodka tomato sauce, added some slice mushrooms, and some capers. As a field editor, I am happy to rate this recipe 5 stars."

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Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"This is a delicious and easy dish. I had some homemade roasted vegetable pasta sauce left so I used this. I placed a meatball into each shell and placed the shell upside down into the sauce spread onto the bottom of a casserole. I topped each shell with more sauce and the cheese. Thank you for submitting this great recipe!"

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