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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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