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Loaded Cheesy Shells Recipe

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These shells are loaded with cheese and are perfect for weekend dinners with the family as well as for a romantic dinner.

Loaded Shells My friend Julie makes the BEST Italian dishes.  At our last game night, she brought two large pans of stuffed shells and they were AMAZING.  Lucky for us that she is sharing her recipe with us so that we can make it anytime we want.

Julie is probably one of the pickiest eaters I have ever met.  On the flip side of that coin, she is an absolutely amazing cook.  A few months ago she made lasagna and brought it to my house for game night.  Um – I can never make my version after I ate hers.  Her lasagna pretty much blew every other lasagna out of the water, so to speak.

For our last game night, I asked her what she thought we should have for dinner.  When she offered to make stuffed shells, I said, “YES!!!”  I knew the shells would be good, so I should not have been surprised at just how good they were.  Julie told me that she uses marscapone cheese in her recipe.  That would explain why her shells were so creamy and luscious.

Say Cheese!

Marscapone cheese ended up becoming a topic of discussion at dinner.  We questioned how you pronounced the word.  According to a food encyclopedia, here is the break down –>  [mah-skar-POH-nay] .  In reality, marscapone is a thickened cream and is often used to make tiramisu or cheesecake.  (It can also be used to make a creamy spread.)  Any way you choose to use it, you’ll end up with something delicious.

Loaded Shells - this is my friend Julie's recipe for delicious cheesy shells made with creamy marscapone cheese. They are incredibly delicious and are great for di
When you make this dish, you can round it out with a simple Italian salad and some French bread.  Your family will thank you.  🙂

How To Make Cheesy Shells

To make this indulgent Italian recipe, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 box Barilla Jumbo Shells
  • 1/2 jar marinara
  • 1/2 jar 3 cheese sauce
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 8.8 oz mascarpone
  • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella, grated
  • Fresh parsley
  • Italian seasoning

You start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a 13×9 pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Cook the shells for 9 minutes and then drain and let cool.

Mix the ricotta, mascarpone, 1/2 of the Parmesan, 1/2 of the mozzarella, and the parsley (or you can wait and put parsley on top). [I use about 1/2 cup of fresh parsley. I put a little salt and pepper in with this mixture.]

Mix the marinara and 3 cheese sauce together.

Put half the sauce mixture on the bottom of the prepared pan. Stuff the shells with the cheese mixture so they are full but still close. Put them face up in the pan.

Spread the rest of the sauce mixture on top of the shells.  Sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan and mozzarella on top of the shells. Sprinkle Italian seasoning on the top and the parsley if not mixed in with the cheese.

Cover and cook for about 30 – 40 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Yield: 8 servings

Loaded Shells

Loaded Shells

These shells are loaded with cheese and are perfect for weekend dinners with the family as well as for a romantic dinner.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 box Barilla Jumbo Shells
  • 1/2 jar marinara
  • 1/2 jar 3 cheese sauce
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 8.8 oz mascarpone
  • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella
  • Fresh parsley
  • Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. Cook the shells for 9 minutes and then drain and let cool.
  2. Grate the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Mix the ricotta, mascarpone, 1/2 of the Parmesan, 1/2 of the mozzarella, and the parsley (or you can wait and put parsley on top). [I use about 1/2 cup of fresh parsley. I put a little salt and pepper in with this mixture.]
  4. Mix the marinara and 3 cheese sauce together.
  5. Spray the glass 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray.
  6. Put half the sauce mixture on the bottom of the pan. Stuff the shells with the cheese mixture so they are full but still close. Put them face up in the pan.
  7. Spread the rest of the sauce mixture on top of the shells.
  8. Sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan and mozzarella on top of the shells.
  9. Sprinkle Italian seasoning on the top and the parsley if not mixed in with cheese.
  10. Cover and cook for about 30 - 40 minutes at 400 degrees.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Julie C.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 790mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 19g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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Thanks, Julie!

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