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Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe

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I love classic comfort foods that deliver flavors everyone loves. That’s why this Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe is such a great option! These stuffed shells are created with three types of cheeses and filled with so much goodness.

Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe

I absolutely love going to nice restaurants, particularly Italian restaurants. Sit down, order a nice glass of wine, eat some delicious pasta, then go home happy with a full belly. The one problem I find with going out, though, is many restaurants typically serve small portions and the prices are high. Not a great combination. While the food is usually great, I struggle with paying so much for just ONE meal. So that’s why I started making delicious Italian cuisines at home. Some of our favorites I’ve already shared with you are 3 Meat Million Dollar Spaghetti, Easy Calzones, Family Friendly Lasagna, and Homemade Pizza.

To add to your Italian Cuisine meal idea stash, today I’m sharing this recipe for Classic Baked Stuffed Shells at home! They are amazingly tasty, filling, and an affordable meal to create for the family.

Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe

What You Need:

  • 24 Jumbo Shells
  • 15 Ounces Ricotta
  • 3 Cups Shredded Mozzarella
  • 2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Small Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 3 Cups Marinara Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spread half the marinara sauce over the bottom of pan.
Dice onion and cook the onion and ground beef in a frying pan till cooked through.

hamburger and onions - Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe


While the meat is cooking, prepare shells according to box, drain but do not rinse.

boiling noodles- Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe


In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine ricotta, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, Italian seasoning, eggs, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Stir well.

cheese mixture - Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe


Add the cooked hamburger/onion mixture to the cheese mixture. Stir.

beef and cheese mixture - Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe


Fill each shell with a heaping tablespoon of meat and cheese mixture.
Place filled shells in prepared pan.

Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe


Top filled shells with the rest of the marinara sauce.

Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe


Sprinkle shells with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Top with parsley seasoning.

Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe


Bake for 20-25 minutes, or till cheese is bubbly and slightly brown.
Serve immediately and enjoy!

Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe

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Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe

Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe

This Classic Baked Stuffed Shells Recipe is a comfort food classic that’s great for feeding a crowd! It's an easy meal that is loved by children and adults alike. Filled with three types of cheese, then covered in marinara sauce, and topped with more cheese, just bake to golden brown perfection for an irresistible meal. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 24 Jumbo Shells
  • 15 Ounces Ricotta
  • 3 Cups Shredded Mozzarella
  • 2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Small Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 3 Cups Marinara Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Spread half the marinara sauce over the bottom of pan.
  4. Dice onion and cook the onion and hamburger in a frying pan till cooked through.
  5. While the beef and onions are cooking, prepare shells according to box, drain but do not rinse. Set aside to cool slightly.
  6. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine ricotta, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, Italian seasoning, eggs, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Stir together until combined well.
  7. Add the cooked ground beef/onion mixture to the cheese mixture. Stir.
  8. Fill each shell with a heaping tablespoon of meat and cheese mixture.
  9. Place filled shells in prepared pan.
  10. Top filled shells with the rest of the marinara sauce.
  11. Sprinkle shells with remaining mozzarella cheese and then top with parsley seasoning.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or till cheese is bubbly and slightly browning.
  13. Serve immediately.

Notes

***You can make this recipe with our without the ground beef.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1120Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 1198mgCarbohydrates: 149gFiber: 10gSugar: 11gProtein: 59g

These nutritional facts are offered only as an estimate and could vary slightly.

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monique s

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

I tried this recipe this past weekend and added in some chicken and it worked really well.

Sarah L

Sunday 28th of February 2021

I like all the cheeses in this dish. I might add some extra oregano to the sauce.

Dandi D

Saturday 27th of February 2021

These look delicious and I know my family would love them!

Peggy Nunn

Saturday 27th of February 2021

I have this on the menu to make next week. Thank you for the recipe and idea.

shirley O

Friday 26th of February 2021

This stuffed shells recipe looks delicious! I will have to try this one, we really enjoy pasta dishes.

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