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The Best Cheesy Stuffed Shells Recipe

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Everyone loves a good stuffed shell recipe. These are loaded with cheese and perfect for weekends or romantic dinners. Give them a try! You’ll be so glad you did.

Cheesy Stuffed Shells in a baking dish.

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.

When you make this dish, you can round it out with a simple Italian salad and some French bread. Your family will thank you.

Ingredients

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

  • ½ box Barilla Jumbo Shells
  • ½ jar marinara
  • ½ jar 3 cheese sauce
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 8.8 ounces mascarpone
  • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, grated
  • Fresh parsley
  • Italian seasoning

How To Make Cheesy Stuffed Shells

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, ½ of the Parmesan, ½ of the mozzarella, and the parsley (or you can wait and put parsley on top). [I use about ½ cup of fresh parsley. I put a little salt and pepper in with this mixture.]

Mix the marinara and 3 cheese sauces 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.

Plate with cheesy shells.

How do you pronounce mascarpone?

According to a food encyclopedia, here is the breakdown –>  [mah-skar-POH-nay]. In reality, mascarpone is a thickened cream and is often used to make tiramisu or cheesecake. (It can also be used to make a creamy spread.)


Like tomato-based pasta dishes? You’ll probably love our recipe for Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs that came from America’s Test Kitchen. You won’t want to make meatballs any other way.

cheesy shells in a baking dish

Cheesy Stuffed Shells

These shells are loaded with cheese and are perfect for weekend dinners with the family as well as for a romantic dinner.
4.50 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 399kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ box Barilla Jumbo Shells
  • ½ jar marinara
  • ½ jar 3 cheese sauce
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 8.8 ounces mascarpone
  • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella
  • Fresh parsley
  • Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Cook the shells for 9 minutes and then drain and let cool.
  • Grate the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  • 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.
  • Spray the glass 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray.
  • 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.
  • 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 cheese.
  • Cover and cook for about 30 – 40 minutes at 400 degrees.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Julie C.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 790mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g
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3 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    This looks so delicious. I know my husband and I will both love this, so I can’t wait to try it. However, I’m not sure what a three cheese sauce is. Should I get a three cheese alfredo? Is that about the same thing? Thank you!

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