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We love a good Pasta night in my family. These Jumbo Pasta Stuffed Shells are an all-time fave and generally, there are no leftovers. They are super simple to make and cost very little. Need more low-cost recipes? Try out any of the ones listed on our Cheap Dinner Ideas list.
Can I Freeze Jumbo Stuffed Shells?
Absolutely! After stuffing the cooked shells, line them up on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Put the sheet in the freezer for a minimum of an hour. Then remove the tray from the freezer and stack the stuffed shells in your freezer-safe containers.
When you’re ready to cook them, simply finish the recipe!
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What Should I Serve with Jumbo Stuffed Shells?
If your shells are meatless, you can have meat on the side for those who want it. Anything from meatballs to Italian sausages will be perfect.
How Do I Make Shell Pasta?
Cook the shells in boiling water according to the package instructions then rinse the shells in cold water. This will make it possible to handle the shells to stuff them with your favorite ingredients before baking!
How Long Does it Take to Cook Jumbo Shells?
Your best bet is to follow the instructions on the box, but if you don’t have the box anymore, jumbo shells will likely take between 10-12 minutes to cook in boiling water. Just keep a close eye on the pasta once 10 minutes have passed.
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Do I Have to Use Ricotta?
No, you do not! Instead of ricotta cheese, try cottage cheese. Whipped cottage cheese will give you a similar smooth consistency to ricotta, but you can use small curd cottage cheese as well.
How Do I Stuff the Shells?
You can use a spoon and place your stuffing into the shells, but if you don’t like the mess it creates or would like to save some time, try spooning the filling into a large pastry bag or another plastic bag, cutting off the tip, or corner, and squeezing the filling into the shells. You’ll save time and the mess will be less!
What you need for Jumbo Pasta Stuffed Shells Recipe
Box Jumbo Shells
Jar Pasta Sauce
Mozzarella cheese, grated
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How to Make this Jumbo Pasta Stuffed Shells Recipe
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare pasta shells. Bring water to boil and then add pasta, boil pasta until about halfway cooked. It will cook the rest of the way in the sauce.
Prepare cheese filling. Beat eggs; add Ricotta, half Mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese; mix in seasonings.
Stuff pasta shells. Using a large 9×13 casserole baking dish, lay in rows of stuffed shells.
Top off with sauce and the rest of the Mozzarella.
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Bake 25 minutes.
- 1 Box Jumbo Shells
- 1 Jar Pasta Sauce
For Cheese Filling
- 1 16oz container of Ricotta Cheese
- 1 8oz bag Mozzarella cheese, grated
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c. Parmesan, grated
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. parsley
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare pasta shells. Bring water to boil and then add pasta, boil pasta until about halfway cooked. It will cook the rest of the way in the sauce.
- Prepare cheese filling. Beat eggs; add ricotta, half Mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese; mix in seasonings.
- Stuff pasta shells. Using a large 9x13 casserole dish, lay in rows of stuffed shells.
- Top off with sauce and the rest of the Mozzarella.
- Bake 25 minutes.