stuffed shells

i made stuffed shells for the first time the other night and can safely say that this will be my new go-to dinner recipe. they're so easy and really good. and they re-heat like a champ, which is always a bonus.

i combined a couple of recipes to make mine, so i've shared it below.

cheese filling:
16 oz. ricotta cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/2 to 3/4 cup plain cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup chives, chopped

1 24 oz. jar of marinara sauce (i used Bertolli brand)

directions:
1. cook large pasta shells according to box
2. drain pasta and let cool.
3. in medium bowl, beat egg with fork. add cheeses and salt, mix together until well blended. add chives.
4. in 13x9 in pan, pour about half of the jar of marinara sauce to cover the bottom. begin filling shells with filling mixture and arranging them in a single layer in the pan.
5. once you have filled the pan with stuffed shells, cover with the remaining marinara sauce.
6. sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and leftover chives.

bake at 350 degrees
30 minutes covered, 15 minutes uncovered

28 comments

  1. OMG these look delicious. I will be making them for dinner in the very near future.

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  2. Oh my goodness! My mom used to make this for us when I was little. I always loved eating the cheese filling right out of the bowl. Thanks for reminding me how delish it is!! Gotta make this for the hubs!!

    www.livingasauceylife.blogspot.com

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  3. I use a ziploc bag as a pastry bag to fill the shell with cheese

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  4. this sounds easy enough -- I'll have to try it sometime! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  5. Sounds tasty - I would have never thought to put cream cheese in there, sounds tasty!

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    1. oops, just updated it! 1/4 teaspoon!

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  7. Yum I cant wait to try I recently made your Chili and it was fantastic I cant wait can you also share your fomdue recipe please? Thank you Lauren

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  8. Kendi from Kendi Everyday has a cat skirt on today- you should totally get it!
    Mandy

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  9. yum yum yum! looking forward to trying it
    love love, Nicole

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  10. Wow these look great. I love cooking pasta's but I've never tried this one! Thanks.

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  11. This looks absolutely divine. Well, I guess I'll add to my muffin top and make these tonight! God Bless all of you!

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  12. Love baked shells! Now I'll be craving this until dinner time ;)

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  13. MMMMM that looks absolutely delicious! :)
    Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I will often have a blitz day and make a ton of stuffed shells. Freeze them on a baking sheet then throw in a large plastic bag so you can take out just what you need for dinner. Then throw the marinara in the bottom of a loaf pan (for smaller meals) and bake as usual!

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  15. My friend made a similar dish for us the other week. They are amazing! Love it!

    Allison
    http://allisonbc.blogspot.com/

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  16. Yum! We add ground meat (sausage, turkey, beef) to make it a little more filling! Delish!

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  17. I just made stuffed shells last night. Used a Rachael Ray recipe to add spinach and artichokes. They were yummo!

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  18. So kind of a silly question, but how do you get the filling into the shells?

    Kristina

    Kristina does the Internets

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    1. i just hold the shells in one hand and use a spoon with the other!

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  19. Stuffed shells are so delicious! I have never gotten around to making them but I love eating them. xx. McKenna Lou
    www.lynnandlou.blogspot.com

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  20. Sounds yummy!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com/

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  21. Yummm, and simple and easy. my kinda meal!

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  22. Looks really good, I'll have to add it to the recipe book!
    www.rebeccaslittlecorner.blogspot.com

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  23. I made a very similar recipe yesterday, but I tried something different and stuffed the shells while they were uncooked then cooked them in the crock pot. It turned out great, and I can tell you that the shells were actually easier to stuff!

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  24. This looks delicious! My husband would love this. Thanks for sharing :)

    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  25. I want to make these for a potlock... Would they turn out okay if I cooked them the night before and put them in the crock pot on warm the following day?

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