Creamy Seafood-Stuffed Shells
Total TimePrep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min.
- 24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped green pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
- 1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
- 2 cans (6 ounces each) lump crabmeat, drained
- 1 package (5 ounces) frozen cooked salad shrimp, thawed
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons plus 4 cups 2% milk, divided
- 1-1/2 teaspoons seafood seasoning, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- 1-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute green pepper and onion in 1 teaspoon butter until tender; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine crab, shrimp, egg, mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons milk, 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, pepper and green pepper mixture.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Drain and rinse pasta; stuff each shell with 1 rounded tablespoon of seafood mixture. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
- In a small saucepan, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and coarsely ground pepper; gradually whisk in remaining milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in Parmesan cheese.
- Pour over stuffed shells. Sprinkle with remaining seafood seasoning. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until bubbly.
Editor's NoteReduced-fat or fat-free mayonnaise is not recommended for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts3 each: 448 calories, 23g fat (11g saturated fat), 148mg cholesterol, 710mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.
Feb 25, 2018
Made this tonight for dinner for my seafood loving family. While my husband enjoys whatever I cook, he rarely compliments a dish. He said this was keeper and to put it in the "rotation". My three kids all said they liked it. Used extra small shrimp, which I chopped a little after thawing, since the store didn't have salad shrimp. Also, I added some minced garlic to the onion/pepper mixture and sprinkled some additional mozzarella cheese on top at the end and put it back in the oven to melt. I got 24 stuffed shells, but thought they were a little skimpy on the filling so I might only make 20 next time. Also, I'll increase the seafood seasoning and add a little salt to the cream sauce for a little more flavor. Thanks for the recipe!!
Feb 5, 2018
I made this yesterday for my Super Bowl Party (Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots) and they came out great. I didn't buy salad shrimp, because I don't like them so, I saute some that I already had in the freezer with Oid Bay and butter and garlic. The dish was so easy to put together and it was delicious. When I made the cheese sauce, I had a container with Parmesan and Asiago cheese and It made the sauce very very creamy. next time I will and white wine. I did add a little bit of salt to the cheese sauce. I wiil be making this again. GO EAGLES!!!!
Apr 7, 2016
This was delicious, it tasted like the hot seafood dip in a bread bowl recipe I've made for years from this site. Nice for a special occasion or company, can vary seafood & veggies. I made a few changes to bulk it up & ended up with 21 shells & plenty of sauce. I used a Tbsp ice cream style scoop to deliver the stuffing, it was just enough to fill the shells. I doubled the peppers & onions & used extra fresh shrimp I sauteed in same pan with some garlic. Used a sheers to cut the shrimp into pieces, trader joes has nice canned crab. I added a Tbsp of Dijon mustard to the sauce & extra pepper. You could use every pot & bowl & dish in the house, multiple uses is better. I would add drained frozen spinach next time, maybe a bit of wine in the sauce. I felt it needed salt at the end, I let everyone figure that out for themselves. Reheats in the microwave, great as leftovers, would freeze nicely. Im sure you could make this into a lasagna with no cook noodles easily. Keeper recipe!
Jan 16, 2015
We thought this was great! I added a little white wine to the sauce after blending the butter and flour. That added a nice depth of flavor. This would also be great with a combo of crab, shrimp and scallops. A nice and easy recipe to prepare.
Jan 9, 2015
My family loved it!
Jan 4, 2015
very disappointing !!!! what a waste of crab meat !
Jan 1, 2015
I made for Christmas Day dinner. Received rave reviews. Very easy to make. I did double sauce, to make sure all shells were covered to avoid drying out.
Dec 26, 2014
This looks good but I don't like crabmeat. Has anyone tried it with canned tuna?
Dec 23, 2014
Easy and super delicious.
Dec 3, 2013
Excellent. One of my favorite dishes.
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