Classic Italian Stuffed Shells: Easy, Homemade Dinners

July 7, 2021
Classic Italian Stuffed Shells

Hey, y’all! Stuffed shells = one of my go-to orders when out at Italian restaurants; that said, they’re so easy to make that I decided I should just make them at home! The recipe for my Classic Italian Stuffed Shells is truly foolproof, is as easy as can be, and is immensely flavorful. This is easily a weeknight recipe, though it tastes like restaurant-quality/a dish that you spent far more time on than you did. That’s a win-win in my book.

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Classic Italian Stuffed Shells

Classic Italian Stuffed Shells

I know y’all are going to love this recipe! The ingredients are very ordinary, simple, yet perfect. This will be in your monthly rotation going forward!

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What type of sausage should I use?

You should use ground Italian sausage from your local grocery store. You can use either mild or hot in this recipe; it’s fully contingent on your family’s spice preference. I personally prefer the hot, though most of my loved ones prefer the mild!

How stuffed should I stuff the shells?

Liberally! Fill each shell to the brim with filling.

Any tips on cooking the pasta shells?

Start by liberally salting your water. Secondly, remember that your pasta shells will continue to cook in the oven. As such, you’ll simply cook the shells for roughly 3 minutes — just enough time to loosen them up enough to stuff!

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The Recipe

Classic Italian Stuffed Shells
Classic Italian Stuffed Shells

Classic Italian Stuffed Shells

JC Phelps
The perfect restaurant-quality, weeknight recipe: my Classic Italian Stuffed Shells. Easy to make and oh-so-delicious. Foolproof!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 24 shells
Calories 179 kcal



  • 24 jumbo shells

For The Filling

  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage mild or hot
  • 2 c ricotta
  • 1 c mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 c parmesan grated
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  • 1 jar choice marinara
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

For The Topping

  • 1/2 c mozzarella shredded


  • Preheat oven to 350F.

For The Filling

  • Add ground Italian sausage to skillet over medium heat. Break into small pieces. Cook until fully done.
  • Once sausage is done, add sausage, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, egg, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.

For The Pasta

  • Heavily salt a pot of water; bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add jumbo pasta shells to the water. Cook for roughly 3 minutes, just enough time for shells to soften. This will allow you to properly stuff the shells with filling.

To Complete The Recipe

  • Pour 3/4 jar of choice of marinara sauce into an oven-safe dish. Add in red pepper flakes and garlic powder. Mix well with a spoon.
  • Add filling liberally into each shell. Place shell in marinara. Repeat until done.
  • Add the remaining 1/4 jar of marinara to the top of the shells. Top with 1/2 c. of mozzarella. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


Sodium: 405mgCalcium: 141mgVitamin C: 2mgVitamin A: 332IUSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 191mgCholesterol: 40mgCalories: 179kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 6gFat: 12gProtein: 10gCarbohydrates: 9gIron: 1mg
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Classic Italian Stuffed Shells

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Classic Italian Stuffed Shells

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