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Ham-Stuffed Jumbo Shells

This is a good way to use up leftover ham. I made it for a family reunion, and the dish came back empty. I also received a lot of requests for the recipe. —Leona Reuer of Medina, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 24 jumbo pasta shells
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked lean ham
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese, divided
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine flour and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, saute the mushrooms, onion and green pepper in oil until tender. Reduce heat; add the ham, 1/2 cup Swiss cheese and Parmesan cheese. Cook and stir until cheese is melted. Remove from the heat. Stir in 1/2 cup of the reserved sauce.
  • Drain pasta; stuff each shell with about 3 tablespoons of filing. Place in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with remaining sauce. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley, paprika and remaining Swiss cheese.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 274 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 703mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.
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  • rmbarr059
    Apr 6, 2015

    These were good. I couldn't find reduced fat Swiss anywhere do I used reduced fat cheddar instead. I thought it lacked a little seasoning but with the addition of a little salt, they were pretty tasty.

  • kgburgess
    Apr 26, 2012

    Stuffing the shells was a lot of work, but it was really, really good. My whole family enjoyed this so much. It's definitely not something you can make on the requires a fair amount of preparation time...but it was VERY good.

  • zigmom03
    Sep 12, 2011

    My friend served this for lunch...Wow, sooo good...They will be a definite on my list of things to serve...

  • kboo127
    Aug 2, 2010

    AMAZING! Huge pain in butt! I use the sauce often to make white pizza. Add some garlic

  • mikelssword
    Oct 24, 2009

    This is a great dinner recipe. I added 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder to the sauce and I substituted celery for the bell pepper. It was excellent.

  • madelin hoggard
    Apr 14, 2009

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