Stuffed Shells

Stuffed Shells

Jumbo shells filled with cheese, meat, and seasonings, topped with pizza sauce and more cheese

Yield: 

6-8 servings

Ingredients: 

Meat ingredients:

2 lb ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
basil
oregano
garlic, minced
seasoned salt
pepper

Filling ingredients:

1 c shredded cheddar cheese 
1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese 
1/2 c pizza sauce
2 c cottage cheese
2 T minced (raw) onions
oregano
basil

20 large/jumbo shell pasta
2 c pizza sauce
3 c mozzarella cheese, shredded
oregano 

Instructions: 

1. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Drain, rinse with cool water, and set aside.

2. Fry ground beef with the chopped onion and a generous amount of seasonings. Drain beef and put into a large mixing bowl.

3. Add cheddar cheese, 1/2 c of the mozzarella cheese, 1/2 c of the pizza sauce, the cottage cheese, the minced raw onion, and more oregano and basil. Stir together to make a wet mixture and then stuff into shells.

4. Lay stuffed shells in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Spoon about 1 1/2 T pizza sauce on top of each shell, using the rest of the pizza sauce.

5. Top with the remaining 2 c  mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle oregano for garnish and bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until browned on top.

Stuffed shells, waiting to be baked  Stuffed shells, fresh from the oven!

Additional Notes: 

This dish can be prepared and refrigerated (or frozen) until ready to bake. Be sure to set it out ahead of time so it can be room-temperature when you bake it!

This recipe was included in my freezer meal plan of main dishes when preparing for the birth of my fourth child. Read my update on how this recipe and the others turned out after freezing!

Stuffed shells, served with garlic bread, peas, and a salad
Preparation Time: 

45 minutes

Cooking Time: 

25-35 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

I love this meal!! I like the cheese and tomato sauce, and the seasonings go so well together. It's really fairly simple to make. Sometimes I add green bell peppers when I am frying the meat. Either way, it's yummy! And garlic bread is the perfect complementary food for this recipe! I've also had numerous people comment that the leftover shells, warmed in a pan on the stovetop, are just as good, or maybe even better than the fresh ones. (I think that could be because the flavors have had time to really permeate the food.) Either way, it's a real winner! My rating: 10/10

Comments

Please see the recipe above for my complete review! Thanks! ~Tammy

Rating: 
5

This is a really great recipe that is unique yet practical. While it takes a little extra work to do compared to a typical casserole or lasagna, the end result is worth it as the individually stuffed shells scream, "I am special!" The little extra care that the dish requires is deceptive (it makes it look like you did a lot of work!) and makes it perfect for family meals or guests. And if that were not enough the flavor is excellent and they are fun to eat.

Rating: 
5

Tammy sent me this recipe several years ago and when we tried it it was an instant winner. I bring it to every church potluck (setting on a warming tray) and it's normally gone before I get through line! And they do make excellent leftovers. I made 2 pans of them one evening when missionaries came and only 1 pan was eaten... the other pan was just as good when we re-heated. They aren't really that difficult to make, but they are a bit more fancy then just regular spaghetti. This couldn't be better.

Rating: 
5

Certainly a 10! :) I had this at Ruth's and then made it when I got home because it was so good and tasty. Erin said to give it a 10 from all of us. I have it printed out and I know it will remain a family favourite. :)

Rating: 
5

Lindsey made this for supper while she was here and she, Mark and I all agreed that it was a 10. It's kind of a nice variety from plain old lasagna. = )

Rating: 
5

The shells were enjoyed by all, but I don't think the recipe called for enough sauce. So I ended up using a full jar of pizza sauce and some pasta sauce. I will definitely be making this recipe again, and my grandma will too!

Rating: 
4

These were a nice change from lasagna. I used more sauce than the recipe called for, but we are "saucy" people. The leftovers froze well. Thanks Tammy!

Rating: 
5

I love pasta dishes of any kind, and this one was delicious. It the type of recipe you'd be served at a nice restaurant. My husband, who is picky about pasta dishes, loved it.

Rating: 
5

My family really liked it and want me to make it again!I also added some pineapple:)

Rating: 
5

Another great recipe! Has already been requested again my by family. :)

Rating: 
5

I had made stuffed shells before but with cheese only or with meat only. I had never combined the two. Who knew? I made these the other night and ended up with two pans; one small for my husband to have when he got home from work and the other for the family. They were delicious. I just lost 45 pounds through dieting and had to hold myself back from eating the whole pan myself. This is the only recipe I will use in the future. Thanks, Tammy. Another great one.

Rating: 
5

Made this for 4th of July. It was a big hit. I forgot to put in the garlic and the seasoned salt but it still turned out great. We had the leftovers for the next few days until it was gone. It reminded me of lasagna but wasn't as heavy. It is definately going into my recipe book.

Rating: 
5

I've been experiment cooking a lot lately. Some hit, some miss, most need a little tweaking or "practice". This was a HIT the first time. Easy to make. My husband ate 5, dd (5yo) ate 4 and ds (4yo) ate 3. The noises of yumminess coming from my dinner table were indescribable. Thanks for this recipe!

Rating: 
5

These Shells are so delicious! My entire family loves these! They were so easy to make and turned out amazing! A must do again! :)

Rating: 
5

I decided to make this tonight as it looked delicious. I loved cheese, so was sold instantly on the idea of it. I took a few liberties - including using extra cheese and used extra sauce, I, also, added fresh mushrooms and used less onion - but it turned out great. Everyone went back for seconds and there's only a few left. (Though, I did cut the recipe in half) I served it with homemade garlic bread and frozen peas (got the idea from your picture). This was the first time in a long time that my family pretty much finished everything. It took a while to prepare, but was easy to cook and worth the preparation. I do have a lot of dishes to wash now, though!

Rating: 
5

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