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The Best Cheesy Stuffed Shells Recipe

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

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.

Cheesy Stuffed Shells

How To Make Cheesy Stuffed 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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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.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian, pasta, shells
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 399kcal
Author Julie C.

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

  • 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.

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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

 

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.

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