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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.

  • beckie76
    Mar 4, 2012

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  • 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!