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Five-Cheese Jumbo Shells Recipe

Five-Cheese Jumbo Shells Recipe

Using five cheeses in one dish doesn't usually translate to a dish that's considered light, but this meatless meal is proof that it can be done with great success (and flavor!). The shells freeze beautifully so leftovers are a cinch to save for another quick dinner option when you're in a pinch for time. —Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing YIELD:8 servings


  • 24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 pound baby portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook shells according to package directions for al dente; drain and rinse in cold water.
  • 2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add vegetables; cook and stir until tender. Remove from heat. In a bowl, combine ricotta, mozzarella, provolone and Romano cheeses; stir in egg, seasonings and vegetables.
  • 3. Spread 1 cup sauce into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Fill pasta shells with cheese mixture; place in baking dish. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • 4. Bake, covered, 40 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
    Freeze option: Cool unbaked casserole; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover casserole with foil; bake 50 minutes. Uncover; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3 stuffed shells: 298 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 642mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

Reviews for Five-Cheese Jumbo Shells

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CookyC61 User ID: 7796726 127766
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"I would ditch the zucchini and the mushrooms but other than that, it sounds pretty good."

ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 139828
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2014

"quick and easy, really like the added vegetables in the filling. froze half for another time. used my own marinara sauce from the tomatoes in my garden."

Donna Thompson User ID: 185414 200286
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2014

"loved it!"

alexis518 User ID: 7130573 189034
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"Great meatless meal and easy for a non-cook to prepare!"

pretzelhead User ID: 7529096 190423
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"I made this dish for my husband and he LOVED !!!"

suefetzer User ID: 7423417 199259
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"This is sooo good and simple to make. Will be making again."

kspence09 User ID: 7479375 196613
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"This was a great recipe. It was great because I could freeze the extras. Also I would add more seasoning to the veggies. But other than that it was light and hearty at the same time."

DaniC2200 User ID: 4322772 126463
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2013

"Great flavor & easy to make!! Nice way to use garden zucchini!"

ahenwood User ID: 3725052 153293
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

"fantastic! Love the veggies with the cheese. whole family loved it!"

cookiemouse User ID: 3900007 127765
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2013

"I used small shells, added grated carrot and some very finely chopped red bell pepper to include even more veggies. I always make my own sauce as we prefer the flavor. Will make this dish again."

maureenfipke User ID: 4988946 189031
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"Use crimini mushrooms instead, they are just as firm and taste great. Dry cottage cheese is also a good substitute. Asiago or Ramona cheese instead of Provolone."

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 120872
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"I love this for Meatless Mondays! I've been making a variation of this for years. I have never put the shredded zucchini in before, but will definitely be doing that next! Definitely a 5 star."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.