Easy Cheesy Stuffed Shells

this easy cheesy stuffed shells recipe is perfect for hosting because all you have to do is bake it ahead of time and it's perfect for dinner

As part of my “WTF To Make For Dinner” series, we’re making my Easy Cheesy Stuffed Shells with a simple salad! It’s a quick, easy, and delicious recipe that answers the question that’s always on our mind! Hope you try it and love it as much as we do.

Here’s a video of exactly how I made my Easy Cheesy Stuffed Shells! For another delicious dish, check out my Cheesy Italian Sausage Baked Rigatoni recipe.

What You'll Need:

+ 20 Jumbo Shells

+ 1 15oz. container ricotta cheese

+ ¼ cup mascarpone cheese

+ ¼ cup Fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped plus more for garnish

+ 2 ½ cups marinara sauce (homemade or store bought)

+ 1 ½ cups freshly grated parmigiano reggiano (divided into 1 cup and a ½ cup)

+ 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided

+ Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tbsp.)

+ 1 ½ tsp. Italian seasoning

+ ½ tsp. Crushed red pepper

+ ½ tsp. Garlic powder

+ Salt to taste

+ Freshly cracked black Pepper to taste

For The Salad
+ Baby Arugula


+ Freshly Squeezed lemon juice

+ Freshly grated parmigiano reggiano

+ Salt and pepper

+ Measure with the heart


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a 9×13 baking dish, pour 1 ½ cups of sauce and spread evenly. Sprinkle ¼ cup parmesan overtop and set aside.

2. Cook the shells in heavily salted water for 7-8 minutes or until al dente. Be careful not to overcook! Immediately drain and rinse with cold water. Drizzle with a little olive oil to prevent them from sticking together.

3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl combine the ricotta, mascarpone, 1 cup mozzarella, 1 cup parmesan, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Mix together until thoroughly combined.

4. Using a spoon, generously stuff each of the shells.

5. Top with remaining 1 cup of sauce, mozzarella and parmesan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Then broil for 2-3 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Enjoy!

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