Love the flavors of lasagna but don’t want to deal with all the layering? Stuffed Lasagna Shells is the recipe is for you! All the same great flavors, just stuffed into pasta shells!
One of my “go to” food items to serve for dinner is a pasta dish. Not only is it affordable, but it is also kid friendly. Having three kids, kid friendly is a plus!
Since Lasagna is always a hit in my house, but I had just made it for dinner a few weeks earlier, I decided to try this stuffed shell version.
Rich and creamy cheese filling combined with ground beef, stuffed into shells and topped with more sauce and cheese! What’s not to love?!
In fact, I ended up making seven other pans of this for other families in my neighborhood.
The kids thought it was fun because the shells looked like seashells, ha-ha! My hubby and I enjoyed the leftovers the next day, and they were just as good reheated.
This also makes a great freezer meal to pull out on a busy night!
Pasta, meat, sauce, and cheese; how can you go wrong with that combination, right???
Frequently asked questions:
Can these shells be made ahead of time? Absolutely! In fact, it’s a HUGE time saver to prep this ahead of time! Simply cover the pan of stuffed shells and refrigerate until ready to bake. You may need to add a few minutes to the cook time, but other than that, it will be great!
Can this dish be made vegetarian? Sure! Simply swap the meat to your favorite plant-based meat option or omit the meat altogether and have a cheesy stuffed pasta dish!
Can I freeze this dish? Yes! You can freeze these stuffed shells for 2-3 months if properly covered!
How do I reheat this meal? I tend to take a shortcut and opt for the microwave; however, you can also reheat the pan in the oven at 350 degrees!
Wondering what to serve with these Stuffed Lasagna Shells?? Check out these great options:
If you’re a pasta lover like my family is, definitely give this dish a try! Be sure to let me know in the comment section below what you think too! I love hearing feedback from you all!
Ingredients needed for Stuffed Lasagna Shells:
Jumbo pasta shells
Ground turkey or beef
Parmesan cheese, grated
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
How to prepare:
Preheat oven to 350.
Cook pasta shells until al dente, drain and set aside.
While pasta is cooking, brown meat in a skillet until no longer pink.
Sprinkle the Italian seasoning, onion powder, and salt onto meat and toss to coat evenly.
Pour in 1/2 the spaghetti sauce, all the Ricotta cheese, and all the Parmesan cheese and mix well.
Scoop one spoonful of meat sauce into the shells. Add more to each shell if you have leftover meat sauce once shells are filled.
Pour remaining spaghetti sauce on top of shells.
Sprinkle mozzarella on top of pan and cover with foil.
Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly! Serve!!
Large Pasta Shells stuffed with a mouthwatering mixture and topped with an incredible sauce! If you’re looking for a family approved, budget friendly meal, be sure to print this recipe below and add it to your next meal plan!
Stuffed Lasagna Shells
- 1 box jumbo pasta shells
- 1 lb ground beef *or turkey
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 26 oz spaghetti sauce
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese *grated
- 2 cups Mozzarella cheese *shredded
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cook pasta shells until al dente, drain and set aside.
- While pasta is cooking, brown meat in a skillet until no longer pink.
- Drain fat.
- Sprinkle the Italian seasoning, onion powder, and salt onto meat and toss to coat evenly.
- Pour in 1/2 the spaghetti sauce, all the Ricotta cheese, and all the Parmesan cheese and mix well.
- Scoop one spoonful of meat sauce into the shells. Add more to each shell if you have leftover meat sauce once shells are filled.
- Pour remaining spaghetti sauce on top of shells.
- Sprinkle mozzarella on top of pan and cover with foil.
Recipe updated 1/12/22