Ricotta Stuffed Shells with an easy homemade marinara sauce and garlicky ricotta filling in just 30 minutes.
Stuffed shells are a hit in our house and these are popular because they’re like 30 minute cheesy lasagna without all the extra effort!
Ricotta Stuffed Shells
Yes, more stuffed shells. We love them and I finally wanted to share the classic version with you all after the Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Shells, Cheesy Taco Stuffed Shells, and Chicken Bacon Ranch Stuffed Shells.
Why stuffed shells? They’re a total breeze to make and freeze into individual servings, or to take for lunch or to serve to kids. Little ones eat 1 shell usually while the rest of us do 2-3 shells each and we just serve it up with an easy Italian salad made with Olive Garden Italian Salad Dressing (Copycat).
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The trick to making the stuffed shells is in not overcooking the pasta. When you boil it at first you can cook it for 1-2 minutes shy of the instructions because we are going to be baking it for almost 30 minutes in the oven.
If you are worried about the pasta drying out you can even add a 1/2 cup of water to the marinara sauce to give the pasta more moisture to soak up.
What is the name of Stuffed Pasta?
The classic name for stuffed shells is conchiglie which is comes from conchiglia which is the Italian word for shells. In case you’re wondering why I know that I can tell you I learned it on a Royal Caribbean cruise when a child at our table kept asking the waiter for the “conch noodles” and we were all confused about what sort of rare conch caribbean treat we were all in for.
Yea… it was a cruise, no rare local seafood. It was a classic stuffed pasta. I laughed way too hard because I care way too much about food.
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How long can you keep stuffed shells with cheese in the refrigerator?
The stuffed shells can be made 1-2 days ahead of baking in the refrigerator, but do not cover it with the pasta sauce until just before baking as the noodles will soak up excess moisture and the texture of the pasta will be different.
Can you freeze these stuffed shells ahead of time?
Yes, you can freeze the stuffed shells at the step before baking. When you’re ready to bake them, you can place the frozen pieces onto a baking pan, cover with the tomato sauce and bake for 5-10 more minutes than directed in the instructions.
Ricotta Stuffed Shells
- 12 ounces jumbo pasta shells dried
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 32 ounces ricotta cheese
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 8 ounces shredded parmesan cheese divided
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 3 cups marinara sauce about 28 ounces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bring a pot of water to a boil.
Add the shells and cook for 1 minute shy of the directions on the box.
To a large bowl add the eggs, ricotta, garlic the mozzarella and half the parmesan cheese, parsley, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
Mix the ingredients well.
Spoon the mixture into the shells and put them in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Top with marinara sauce and bake.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Garnish with parmesan cheese if desired.