Three-Cheese Jumbo Shells Recipe
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Three-Cheese Jumbo Shells Recipe

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I love cooking, but I'm not into fancy gourmet foods. I think it's more challenging to make delicious, down-home foods like this beefy casserole with ingredients easily found in the refrigerator and on my pantry shelves. —Marjorie Carey, Alamosa, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 24 jumbo pasta shells, cooked and drained


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, tomato paste, bouillon and oregano. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan cheese and egg. Stuff shells with the cheese mixture.
  3. Arrange shells in a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish. Spoon meat sauce over shells. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
    Freeze option: After assembling, sprinkle casserole with remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover and freeze unbaked casserole. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.
    Yield: 6-8 servings.
Editor's Note: If there is no "Sell By" date on a ricotta cheese carton, it should be stored in the refrigerator no longer than 5 days after purchase. Ricotta and other soft cheeses should be discarded as soon as any mold appears.
Originally published as Three-Cheese Jumbo Shells in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p248

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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dcscake_OH User ID: 228890 245173
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016

"I liked it a lot, I would definitely make it again. Very filling."

wuzznmee User ID: 8238819 244127
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2016

"I make stuffed shells often. I only make mine cheese stuffed and stuff my manacotti with meat. No need to pre-cook shells. just stuff them and put them in the sauce, cover with foil and remove at the end to brown the cheese a little."

MY REVIEW User ID: 5651791 234133
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2015

"Smaller tortellini"

nastynova User ID: 5265189 216734
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"This was a good one. will be making again.--BDW"

CookingDinnerNightly User ID: 6818409 33605
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"I read the reviews before I made this recipe and followed Nancy03743's suggestions when I made it. I added 1-1/2 tsp. basil, 1-1/2 tsp. parsley, 1-1/2 tsp. garlic, 1-1/2 tsp. sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper and omitted the beef bouillon. This recipe is delicious and pretty easy. I'm adding it to our regular dinner rotation."

stunwoman2015 User ID: 8107985 84052
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"I tried it but would like to tweek it , some garlic , onion powder,.."

falknermimi User ID: 3056172 74779
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"Will make again, this was yummy! I did add 1 tabsp. parsley, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper to cheese mixture. Next time I might add 1 tsp. Italian seasoning to meat mixture."

momov7 User ID: 7834141 33604
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"Made last night for dinner and we all had seconds..East to make and yummy..."

nancy03743 User ID: 3419951 84051
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

"I noticed this recipe needed more spices so I added 1-1/2 tsp. basil, 1-1/2 tsp. parsley, 1-1/2 tsp. garlic, 1-1/2 tsp. sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper and omitted the beef bouillon. It tasted like my homemade lasagna recipe that won 1st place in a contest."

PureRomanceMarissa User ID: 6112426 34258
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2011

"Super yummy and super filling! It took me a little longer to prepare it. Maybe closer to an hour. But it was a big hit with my Husband! Will make this again and again!"

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