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Easy Stuffed Shells

I threw this recipe together one day when we had unexpected guests. It was an immediate hit and is now a family favorite. Get the kids involved when putting together this simple, savory dish. —Dolores Betchner, Cudahy, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 36 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 36 frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs (1/2 ounce each), thawed
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta shells according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.
  • Spread 1/2 cup sauce into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Fill each shell with a meatball; place over sauce. Top with remaining sauce and the cheese.
  • Bake, covered, 35 minutes. Uncover; bake until bubbly and cheese is melted, 3-5 minutes longer.
Nutrition Facts
3 stuffed shells: 334 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 711mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • Donna
    Oct 1, 2020

    No comment left

  • Deborah
    Jul 20, 2019

    Made with my homemade meatballs(1/2 burger-1/2 Italian sausage). Turned out great. I think I'll try italian Sausage links and add shredded onion and bell pepper. Yum!

  • gina.kapfhamer
    Mar 20, 2017

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  • Alaska11vy
    Feb 24, 2017

    Super easy recipe and my family loved it . This recipe is definitely a keeper !

  • ebohuch
    Sep 2, 2016

    Made this a couple times with the latest being with my homemade marinara and homemade meatballs for my mother's birthday and it was a hit! I also put a bit of ricotta cheese in the shell before I stuffed it.

  • jinlorenza
    Aug 9, 2016

    This was bland and plain-tasting to me and my family. It needs more flavor. Would probably be much better with a homemade spaghetti sauce and homemade meatballs.

  • coconutpatty
    Apr 11, 2016

    This is a fun and tasty dish! My husband loved it and our company thought it was so clever to have meatballs in the shells. I took another person's suggestion and put a heaping teaspoonful of ricotta in each shell first. I also used my own meatball recipe and used almost two jars of sauce instead of one. Leftovers are great! This is a keeper.

  • lepleyracing
    Jul 29, 2015

    This was good and easy to make. I would definitely make this again. I did add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, pepper and oregano to the sauce and used cheddar and moz cheese as that is what I had on hand. We all enjoyed this but some did think it could have used a bit more sauce. I also put some shredded zucchini in the sauce too.

  • NH-rescue
    Nov 30, 2014

    Easy to make, but not very spicy. Add seasonings or flavorful cheese for a different taste. Great way to use up extra spaghetti/pizza sauce. Can use homemade meatballs, made ahead of time or just for the recipe.

  • Remenec
    Oct 1, 2014

    This is an easy recipe that tastes delicious! My kids love lasagna, but since it's so time consuming I rarely make it. This dish tastes like lasagna but it's a third of the work! I added some sharp cheese along with the mozzarella and would add a little more sauce next time.