Stuffed Shells: A Cheesy Delight

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Classic Italian-American comfort food
  • Makes a big batch, perfect for families or freezing
  • Freezer-friendly, so you can have a delicious meal on hand whenever you need it


  • Large pasta shells

  • Frozen spinach
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Egg

  • Garlic
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Marinara sauce
  • Fresh basil


  1. Cook the shells: Boil the shells in salted water until al dente.
  2. Squeeze the spinach dry: Remove the spinach from the microwave and squeeze out any excess water.
  3. Combine the filling ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, egg, garlic, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Fill the shells: Spoon or pipe the filling into the pasta shells.
  5. Arrange the shells: Place the shells in a baking dish with marinara sauce on the bottom.
  6. Finish: Pour the remaining sauce over the shells and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 375°F for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
  7. Let cool: Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Variations

  • Stuffed Shells With Meat:

    Add ground beef, turkey, or Italian sausage to the filling.
  • Stuffed Shells With Cottage Cheese: Use cottage cheese instead of ricotta.
  • Stuffed Shells With Roasted Broccoli: Roast broccoli and add it to the filling with chopped olives.

Storage Tips

  • Refrigerate: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat: Warm up leftovers in a baking dish covered with foil at 350°F.
  • Freeze:
    Freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Meal Prep Tip

You can assemble the shells up to the point of baking and store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

What to Serve with Stuffed Shells

  • Salad
  • Bread
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Meatballs


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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