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Stuffed Pasta Shells

These savory shells never fail to make a big impression, even though the recipe is very easy. One or two of these shells makes a great individual serving at a potluck, so a single batch goes a long way. —Jena Coffey, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 package (12 ounces) jumbo pasta shells, cooked and drained
  • 3-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cheeses and spinach; stuff into shells. Arrange in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Pour spaghetti sauce over the shells. Cover and bake until heated through, about 30 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese after baking.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 314 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 576mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • Claudia
    Dec 20, 2018

    This is a very basic recipe. Often, I add chicken (canned works fine) to the shell stuffing and use a good jarred Alfredo... I often sprinkle bacon on top along with the grated parmesan and bake per recipe....Go ahead, experiment...!

  • LindaCincinnati
    Apr 14, 2018

    I don’t see why not Carol. I was thinking the same thing. I would cook ground beef, add it to spaghetti sauce and then add to shells.

  • Carol
    Feb 10, 2018

    I haven't made this yet. Would it work with ground beef added in the sauce?

  • Eden G.
    Jan 11, 2016

    The stuffed shells were super easy and delicious. Think I may try the steamed spinach next time since the frozen was a little chewy even after cooking them. Still delicious though.

  • jmbullock
    Dec 3, 2015

    Excellent simple yet very tasty recipe - I've used this recipe for myself and taken it to friends houses - they're always gone in a hurry!

  • stargazzer003
    Sep 12, 2014

    This is an amazing recipe. It has great flavor and excellent texture. I know people who only stuff their shells with ricotta which I very much dislike the taste. This recipe with the spinach and mozzarella cheese are a fantastic combination. Super Delicious and Super Easy. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • jetcarolinet
    Aug 13, 2013

    I forgot to add in my last rating that I make two 8 in. pans with this recipe and freeze one. I defrost before heating and it never fails. Tastes as fresh as when I made it.

  • jetcarolinet
    Aug 13, 2013

    I have been making this for years and everyone, including all the grandchildren, love this recipe. So easy but looks like you worked for hours. Cheesy and just a wonderful taste in the mouth. I get asked for the recipe all the time.

  • asheja2003
    Jan 12, 2012

    These stuffed shells turn out great. I added a little more ricotta cheese. Probably shouldn't have used all the spinach, but overall was very good!

  • SMJ910911
    Jan 10, 2012

    Made this dish for dinner last night and it turned out great. Definitely needs to be served with something crunchy (I chose garlic bread) though to balance out the texture of the meal.