Stuffed Pasta Shells are a rich and hearty pasta dish that's easy to make! Jumbo pasta shells filled with creamy ricotta and spinach filling topped with more cheese and baked on top of hearty red sauce.
Why You'll Love This Dish
Cheese and pasta are one of my favorite comfort food combos. We have it in our weekly menu rotation and if we ever get bored with it, all I need to do is jazz it up a little bit! Like stuff jumbo pasta shells with creamy ricotta and spinach filling and bake it all on a bed of hearty pasta sauce. YES! Thumbs up from the whole family! Today I am partnering with RAGÚ to tell you about their newest line of Homestyle sauces because when it comes to quick, easy and delicious pasta dishes - a good red sauce is a must!
- jumbo pasta shells
- crushed tomatoes or pasta sauce
- mozzarella cheese
- Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper
How to make stuffed pasta shells?
- Make the filling by mixing ricotta, egg, mozzarella, garlic, Italian seasoning, and spinach in a bowl.
- Fill each pasta shell with filling.
- Spread the sauce on the bottom of your baking dish.
- Arrange filled pasta shells in sauce.
- Top with shredded cheese and bake.
Yes! Once prepared, place the dish in a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge, then bake until bubbly.
You can make this dish up to 2 days in advance. Store it in the fridge and let it come to room temperature while the oven preheats.
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Stuffed Pasta Shells
- 12 jumbo pasta shells
- 1 jar pasta sauce
- 15 oz. whole-milk ricotta
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 ½ cup fresh spinach roughly chopped
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 clove garlic minced or grated
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella for topping
- chopped Italian parsley for garnish
- Cook pasta shells according to instructions on the package. Drain, keep warm.
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Spread pasta sauce on the bottom of 13" x 9" baking dish. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg, garlic, seasoning, salt, pepper and chopped spinach.
- Fill each pasta shell with cheese filling and arrange in the sauce.
- Sprinkle additional mozzarella cheese over each shell.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling on the edges.
- Let sit for 10 minutes in room temperature before serving.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
Has anyone ever tried adding Italian sausage or ground beef to this meal? I'm considering it but I'm not sure how good it will be.
I think sausage or beef would be fantastic in this dish!
Do u cook the shells first or stuff them uncooked?
Hi Liz! Step 1 instructs to cook the shells.
Omg I am so dense, I didn't see that whole part, thanks so much and Happy Holidays
No problem at all, Liz!
Megan Marlowe says
I did a few posts with RAGU Homestyle Sauce and I was thoroughly impressed. The sauce is delicious and I keep a stock in my kitchen now. Thankfully, because I can make these stuffed shells which look amazing. I love spinach and ricotta together and this is the perfect week night meal!
I LOVE stuffed shells, but barely ever make them. This is just the tempting reminder I need... Give me ALL the ricotta cheese!
You had me at that first cheesy shot! I love pasta and stuffing it with cheese just makes everything way better! We use the same Ragu sauce at home and it's amazing - I bet it pairs perfectly with these stuffed shells. I'll need this on my plate ASAP.
I've done stuffed shells before, but I've never thought to lay them on a bed of sauce like this. It's a great idea, and a wonderful (but very doable) looking recipe! I'll have to give it a try.
This pasta looks like the perfect weeknight meal. What a great mix of flavors and I always love spinach and pasta together anyway. What a delicious meal, and how easy. Thanks for the dinner inspiration.
Thank you, Leah! I hope you love it!
Hello, gorgeous! Loving that cheese pull shot up top. Stuffed shells are such wonderful comfort food, but I always love the pretty presentation they make when entertaining as well. The hearty homestyle sauce must pair perfectly with them and it sounds like such a timesaver!
Thank you so much, Amanda! I hope you will give it a try!
Tracy Koslicki says
You're so right, pasta and cheese can never get old. Ever. And the possibilities are endless. I saw these new Ragus in the store the other day and was curious. Now I definitely need to try them!
That's awesome! I hope you love them, Tracy!
Marisa Franca says
You will always have a winner of a dish with pasta stuffed with cheese. Add a tangy sauce to eat, heat it up and your the best cook/chef in the world! It's great having a good tasting sauce to rely on -- you can come up with so many tasty dishes.
I agree! So easy and perfect for busy weeknights!
I am a huge fan of stuffed shells. I absolutely love the ingredients that you have used. I can't wait to make this recipe and try it with Ragu!
Wow, oh wow does this look good. So cheesy and we love the addition of spinach. Great recipe and thanks for sharing. Can hardly wait to make this!
You can NEVER go wrong with a GREAT pasta dish. This is crowd pleasing perfect. A great make ahead dish to take to the cottage. Leftovers would be great...in fact I would likely make a double batch to make sure I had some leftover.
Yes! Definitely make a double batch and keep one for later or share with friends. This is always a huge hit!
Oh-Ma-Gawd! These stuffed shells look so amazing -- and while I appreciate the energy that goes into making your own sauce, it's good to know that Ragu is available when you just don't have the time. The flavors sound enticing too, but I think I'm partial to the Roasted Garlic -- that is right in my wheel house. I'd want extra sauce for serving too. Pinning to make this weekend!
Wahoo- that sauce DOES look thick! Sometimes I like to do a homemade sauce, but other times (especially if the husband makes dinner) it's so nice to have a high-quality, delicious option in a jar! I'll look for this!
I is amazing
Had it last night for dinner
Those shells look so yummy and gooey, but I just have one question. Do I cover the shells with foil when they are baking? I'm afraid they will get dry and hard.
Hi Lina! You can definitely do that. Let me know if you try this recipe and how you like it! Have a beautiful day! - Anna
Can you use frozen spinach in place of the fresh?
Hi Jeanette! Yes, you can use frozen spinach. Thaw it and make sure to squeeze out as much water as possible. Hope this helps! Have a beautiful week! -Anna
I am considering making this for Christmas eve but was wondering if i can make this dish a day ahead and not bake until the following day? Would it be okay?
Hi Mary Beth! Thank you for the question! I think it would be best to make the filling a day ahead and cook the pasta and assemble and bake the dish the day you serve it. I worry that the pasta will dry overnight since it is not completely covered with sauce. I hope this helps! Let me know if you make it! I am excited for you to try it. 😀 Happy Holidays! -Anna
I made this last night and everyone loved it. Some had seconds and some even went for thirds! This recipe is a keeper. It was so easy to make and I served it with chicken cutlets. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Maria! Yay! That's wonderful! I am so happy to know you and your family love this dish! Thank you so much for the comment. Happy Holidays! -Anna
I just made these for dinner and they were really good! There was definitely enough cheese filling for a whole box of jumbo shells, so I made the whole box and have lots of left overs. Also, I noticed that the longer the shells sat out (on my plate while I was eating them) , the harder they became. Why is that?
What purpose does the egg serve and would I be able to omit or substitute?
The egg binds the filling ingredients together and also makes the flavor richer. You can skip it no problem, it may make the filling less set together but it will still work and be delicious! I hope this helps! Let me know if you make this dish. I'd love your feedback! Have a beautiful week! -Anna
What meat would you serve with this? Looks like a great side dish!
Hi Beth! Great question! Meatballs are the first that come to my mind. 😀 I think roasted chicken would be great too. Let me know if you make it! Have a beautiful day! -Anna
I've made this several times now, and it's become one of my grandson's favorite meals. I brown and drain a pound of ground chuck and add it to the Ragu sauce beneath the shells. Served with a salad and garlic bread, it's a great meal!
Hi Beth! I absolutely LOVE that! I am so happy to know that you made this dish and your grandson loves it. THANK YOU so much for letting me know! Have a beautiful weekend! -Anna
Thick and roasted garlic would be DELICIOUS with my baked ziti! Yum!
I agree! So good! Thanks, Jamie!
Thick and hearty roasted garlic yum
I could live on cheesy pasta. This looks SO GOOD! Love that jarred sauce too!
Susan Christy says
I want to try the Roasted Garlic to make one of my favorite things - meatball sub casserole.
What a hearty dinner! Your pictures make me hungry!
This is the kind of dish I virtually never get tired of - yummy!
Becky Hardin says
These shells look absolutely wonderful
Ahhh that cheese shot!! Love it girl!
Thank you, Liz!! 😀
Kim Beaulieu says
This looks absolutely amazing Anna. I love Ragu sauce, we use it a lot. Especially for pizza, it rocks as pizza sauce. And it's my daughter's favourite for when I make pasta.
I love that you used a spinach and ricotta filling. Stuffed shells are so scrumptious. Wish I lived near you, I'd be banging on your door with a bowl and a fork in my hands.
I'm going to scope out our stores for the Garlic one. I'm such a sucker for garlic.
Absolutely! It has that perfect thickness to go on pizza. Oh, and don't forget the coupon! Thanks, Kim! 😀
Look at that cheese! YUM!!
Stuffed shells are my one of my all time favorite comfort foods! Love the spinach in this version!
I love the addition of spinach it makes these shells so pretty!
Ugh, this looks SOOO good right now! Love anything spinach and artichoke!
These look heavenly!! I never make stuffed shells and I'm not quite sure why. They look like the perfect dinner!
These stuffed shells look amazing! Love the ricotta in there 🙂
Thank you, Medha!
We love stuffed shells in our house! That gooey cheese in the first picture totally has me wanting a batch for dinner tonight! Love that thick hearty sauce!!!
You can never go wrong with gooey cheese and good pasta sauce! Thanks, Jocelyn! 😀