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Stuffed Pasta Shells with Meat Sauce and cheese baked in casserole dish
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Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells with Meat Sauce

Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells with Meat Sauce perfect for weeknight dinners or entertaining a crowd! With jumbo shells, creamy ricotta filling and hearty meat sauce, it's sure to be a family favorite!
Course Main Entree, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword stuffed pasta shells
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 442kcal
Author Lalaine

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 green or red bell pepper, seeded, cored and chopped
  • 1 can (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 24 pieces jumbo pasta shells
  • 24 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups freshly shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten

Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium heat, add ground beef and cook, stirring and breaking apart with the back of a spoon, until lightly browned and releases fat. With a slotted spoon, remove meat from pan and set aside. Discard grease except for about 1 tablespoon.
  • Add onions, garlic, and sweet peppers and cook until softened.
  • Add browned ground beef back to the pot.
  • Add marinara sauce and beef broth. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil.
  • Add sugar, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning..
  • Lower heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes or until meat is cooked. 
  • Meanwhile, in a pot of boiling water, cook jumbo shells about 1 minute shy of package directions. Drain, layer on a sheet pan, and allow to cool.
  • In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and egg. 
  • Using a small scoop or tablespoon, stuff pasta shells with cheese mixture.
  • In a greased baking dish, add half of the meat sauce. and spread to cover the bottom of the pan. 
  • Arrange stuffed shells open side up in a single layer. Cover with remaining sauce and sprinkle top with the remaining 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese. 
  • Cover with foil and bake in a 400 F oven for about 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted. Serve hot.

Notes

Nutritional Info calculated at 3 stuffed pasta shells per serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 1189mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1020IU | Vitamin C: 13.3mg | Calcium: 385mg | Iron: 2.7mg