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Stuffed Shells III

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"This recipe is a hit wherever you go. It is a very rich and cheesy meal and looks like a deep-dish pizza when done. I altered what I was originally given because I did not like cottage cheese and added other ingredients that I thought it deserved."

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Original recipe makes 1 9x13-inch dish Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  3. In a large bowl, mix eggs, ricotta, half the mozzarella, half the Parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper until well combined. Stuff cooked shells with ricotta mixture and place in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together pasta sauce, mushrooms and reserved mozzarella and Parmesan. Pour over stuffed shells.
  5. Bake in preheated oven 45 to 60 minutes, until edges are bubbly and shells are slightly set.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 03, 2006

This is the third time i've made this and I love it. I discovered if I make the filling first and put it in the fridge for a while while preping my other items, it becomes firmer and SO much easier and neater to stuff the shells.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 15, 2007

I will give these three stars because the recipe is a good place to start. Prepared as stated in the recipe, this is enough for two trays of shells. This recipe needed more than a little tweaking though. I made the following changes. 1 tsp. of salt instead of two. 4 oz. of parmesan total (two in the filling and two in the sauce). I substituted Italian Seasoning for the parsley. I added about a half tsp. of garlic powder to the filling too. I skipped the mushrooms and added Italian sausage to the sauce instead. You will need two jars of sauce PER TRAY of shells or they will be dry. Prepared with the changes specified, my fiancé said he could “eat himself into the hospital he’d eat so many of these shells if he could.” Sounds like a good review to me!

May 05, 2005

Restaurant quality! Believe it or not, I was able to reduce the fat, and it still came out delicious. I bought lowfat ricotta cheese, used only 3/4 cup mozzarella + 1/2 cup parmesan in the filling (added 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp pepper, and would do that again), and left off the cheese in the sauce, just sprinkling a bit of parmesan after baking so it looked pretty. It made two 13x9x2 pans, and I wish I had used 2 jars of sauce instead of 1. The sauce dried out after baking, so next time, I will cover with aluminum foil first, and remove it the last 10 minutes or so. Thanks so much for the recipe - will definitely be making it again!

Oct 23, 2004

My family loves this recipe! My 3 year old eats shell after shell!! We're not a mushroom family, so I leave those out. I scoop the filling into a big ziploc bag, close the top up, make a small cut in one of the bottom corners and squeeze into the shells - no mess! I also divide this recipe into two 9x13 pans. We eat one and the other goes into the freezer for later. Freezes really well!

Sep 23, 2006

This recipe was more like your real italian stuffed shells that you buy in the italian deli than any of the others, (and my family has been in the business for years)so thumbs up for that! There was a few things I changed and they were perfect! I did not add eggs and I only put 1/2 tsp salt. I added alittle more ricotta to taste to get it not as much so cheesy as I wanted it more creamy. That is the secret to any stuffed shell recipe! I used a regular homemade italian tomato sauce. I did not use mushrooms! And I didnt alter this dish to look like a deep dish piiza as it states. It is a time consuming recipe , but if you like it homemade it is worth the effort!

Jul 23, 2003

Hubby isn't fond of "meatless" dinners, so I browned about 1/2 lb of ground beef and added it to the pasta sauce before pouring it over the shells. I also left out the mushrooms and only used about 1/2 tsp of salt. We really enjoyed this very filling dinner!

Mar 24, 2007

CUT THE SALT IN HALF!!! The recipe is amazing, but it's way too salty. Silly me, I forgot to read the reviews before making mine and it was way too salty. It is however an excellent recipe. I used Classico italian sausage spaghetti sauce and added mushrooms. It was amazing. I'd also definitely double the sauce. I halved my recipe and I almost needed more than one jar. I can't imagine one jar being enough for the whole recipe. Flavor is EXCELLENT!!!

Sep 05, 2005

the filling for these shells is absolutely fabulous. i didn't change much, except i used fresh parsley and added some fresh basil. i will definitely be using this filling the next time i make my vegetarian lasagna. thanks much for the recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 550 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43.7 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 116 mg
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 24.5 g
  • 38%
  • Fiber
  • 3.4 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 37.7 g
  • 75%
  • Sodium
  • 1544 mg
  • 62%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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