Italian Stuffed Shells with Meat and Cheese

April 5, 2022
talian Stuffed Shells

Italian Stuffed Shells with Meat and Cheese

Homemade Italian Stuffed Shells with Meat and Cheese are baked casserole-style and packed with meat sauce, cheese, and Italian flavor. This quick and easy meal is ideal for any night of the week. This recipe for Stuffed Jumbo Shells will be a hit with the whole family!

Italian Stuffed Shells with Meat and Cheese

What Is Italian Stuffed Shells Recipe:

Italian Stuffed Shells with Meat and Cheese

Why You’ll Love Italian Stuffed Shells Recipe:

CHEESY: This dish for meat and cheese stuffed shells contains three types of cheese! This is the ideal cozy and delicious meal.

OVERFILLED: Jumbo shells are loaded to the full with a cheesy filling, then topped with a meat sauce and more cheese. Every taste is a dream come true!

EASY: This homemade dinner recipe is simple to create, requiring only a few basic ingredients and taking just over an hour to prepare.

How to Make Italian Stuffed Shells

It’s very simple to create stuffed shells with ground beef and three kinds of cheese! Here’s a quick rundown of the ingredients:

 

Ingredients for Easy Stuffed Shells with Meat and Cheese

Italian Stuffed Shells with Meat and Cheese

FAQS

What do you name pasta shells?

Conchiglie is the traditional name for pasta shells, but most brands refer to them as giant shells.

How long should jumbo pasta shells be cooked?

Boil the pasta shells until they are al dente before assembling and baking the loaded pasta shells. Cook them for about 9 minutes, as directed on the packet. Keep the pasta shells in the refrigerator for up to two days if you wish to prepare them ahead of time. Simply stuff the shells, bake, and serve when ready to bake.

Is it possible to freeze cooked stuffed shells?

Yes! Because this baked stuffed shell recipe is a casserole, it freezes beautifully. Allow the dish to cool before covering it and freezing it. Portion the spaghetti into freezer-safe containers for single servings so it can be reheated later.

 

How do you reheat frozen stuffed shells the most effectively?

Allow frozen unbaked stuffed shells to defrost in the refrigerator before reheating. Bake according to the instructions below once it has thawed. Allow baked stuffed shells to defrost in the refrigerator before reheating. Reheat in the oven until warmed through once thawed.

 

Is it possible to make these stuffed shells with meat with a different type of meat?

Yes! Try using equal amounts of chicken or turkey instead of ground beef. A meatloaf mixture from a butcher would also be delicious.

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound chuck meat
  2. 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 1 minced garlic clove
  5. marinara sauce (26 oz.)  1 jar
  6. 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  7. 2 cups cottage cheese (small curd) 4% fat content in milk
  8. 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese split
  9.  2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  10. 20 large pasta shells, cooked al dente as directed on the box
  11. Chopped fresh basil leaves for garnish
 

Instructions

Firstly

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9×13 inch (3 qt.) baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil on the burner. Cook the pasta shells until they are al dente (firm to the bite). Drain the pasta shells and dry them upside down on a baking pan once they’ve been cooked.
  • a total of 20 large pasta shells

secondly

  • Brown the meat in a large skillet over medium heat until it is cooked through and no pink remains. Using a strainer, remove the rendered fat.
  • 1 pound chuck meat
  • Reduce the heat to a medium-low setting. Heat the olive oil in the same skillet as the steak and add the onion. Cook for 3 minutes, or until the onions are transparent. Cook for another 30 seconds after adding the garlic.
  • 1 garlic clove, 1 tiny yellow onion, 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Reduce to a low heat setting and stir in the marinara sauce. Cook, stirring periodically, for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  • marinara sauce (26 oz.)

thirdly

  • Combine the egg, cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, and ½cup parmesan cheese in a medium mixing basin.
  • 1 large egg, 2 cups cottage cheese tiny curds, 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese,3/4cup grated Parmesan cheese

fourthly

  • Fill the bottom of the prepared baking dish with about three-quarters of the beef sauce.
  • Stuff the shells with 1 rounded spoonful of the cheese mixture and place them open-side up on top of the meat sauce. Spoon the remaining meat sauce between the shells, rather than on top of them.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, covered in aluminum foil. Remove the foil and top the shells with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Bake for another 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
  • Serve with fresh basil as a garnish.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh basil leaves
talian Stuffed Shells

Italian Stuffed Shells with Meat and Cheese

Homemade Italian Stuffed Shells with Meat and Cheese are baked casserole-style and packed with meat sauce, cheese, and Italian flavor. This quick and easy meal is ideal for any night of the week. This recipe for Stuffed Jumbo Shells will be a hit with the whole family!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course dinner, seafood
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 449 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound chuck meat
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 jar marinara sauce 26 oz
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 2 cups cottage cheese small curd 4% fat content in milk
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese split
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 20 large pasta shells cooked al dente as directed on the box
  • Chopped fresh basil leaves for garnish

Instructions
 

Firstly

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9×13 inch (3 qt.) baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil on the burner. Cook the pasta shells until they are al dente (firm to the bite). Drain the pasta shells and dry them upside down on a baking pan once they've been cooked.
  • a total of 20 large pasta shells

secondly

  • Brown the meat in a large skillet over medium heat until it is cooked through and no pink remains. Using a strainer, remove the rendered fat.
  • 1 pound chuck meat
  • Reduce the heat to a medium-low setting. Heat the olive oil in the same skillet as the steak and add the onion. Cook for 3 minutes, or until the onions are transparent. Cook for another 30 seconds after adding the garlic.
  • 1 garlic clove, 1 tiny yellow onion, 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Reduce to a low heat setting and stir in the marinara sauce. Cook, stirring periodically, for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  • marinara sauce (26 oz.)

thirdly

  • Combine the egg, cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, and ½cup parmesan cheese in a medium mixing basin.
  • 1 large egg, 2 cups cottage cheese tiny curds, 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese,3/4cup grated Parmesan cheese

fourthly

  • Fill the bottom of the prepared baking dish with about three-quarters of the beef sauce.
  • Stuff the shells with 1 rounded spoonful of the cheese mixture and place them open-side up on top of the meat sauce. Spoon the remaining meat sauce between the shells, rather than on top of them.

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Notes

What do you name pasta shells?
  • Conchiglie is the traditional name for pasta shells, but most brands refer to them as giant shells.
How long should jumbo pasta shells be cooked?
  • Boil the pasta shells until they are al dente before assembling and baking the loaded pasta shells. Cook them for about 9 minutes, as directed on the packet. Keep the pasta shells in the refrigerator for up to two days if you wish to prepare them ahead of time. Simply stuff the shells, bake, and serve when ready to bake.
Is it possible to freeze cooked stuffed shells?
  • Yes! Because this baked stuffed shell recipe is a casserole, it freezes beautifully. Allow the dish to cool before covering it and freezing it. Portion the spaghetti into freezer-safe containers for single servings so it can be reheated later.
How do you reheat frozen stuffed shells the most effectively?
  • Allow frozen unbaked stuffed shells to defrost in the refrigerator before reheating. Bake according to the instructions below once it has thawed. Allow baked stuffed shells to defrost in the refrigerator before reheating. Reheat in the oven until warmed through once thawed.
Is it possible to make these stuffed shells with meat with a different type of meat?
  • Yes! Try using equal amounts of chicken or turkey instead of ground beef. A meatloaf mixture from a butcher would also be delicious.
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