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Stuffed Shells makes a simple, delicious, and comforting recipe. Large pasta shells are stuffed with a flavorful meat mixture and then baked with a rich tomato sauce. 

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Stuffed Shells make the perfect savory and satisfying meal! These large pasta shells are stuffed full of a delicious meaty and cheesy mixture that has the most incredible flavor! I love to have them assembled ahead of the time so that I can just pop them into the oven for supper.

After a day spent cleaning up around the farm recently, I immediately thought about how delicious these Stuffed Shells would be for our supper. I whipped up a batch, popped them in the oven and headed out for a walk to enjoy the view of our work that day. So after a quick walk, and a making a simple House Salad, we enjoyed this scrumptious pasta dinner!

Stuffed Shells Recipe

I love it when everything looks so neat and tidy around the farm, but I have to admit that I do love the look of the tall grasses as they change colors from lush green in the summer to a golden hue with a tinge of red in the beginning of fall.

As I’m out walking, the grasses will sway with the breeze and it immediately relaxes me. I love that Mama deer will have their babies bedded down in the grasses nearest to the woods, so I watch for them as I’m walking to see if I can catch a glimpse of them. I love seeing the turkey pop their heads up through the grass to see what all the noise is around them, only to quickly jerk it right back down and hide until I go by them.

But then, when the fields are cleared, I love the look of the rolling hills and being able to see more of the land. We wait until the deer are old enough and have moved from the grassy edge to make their home in the woods before we clear the area and now I can even catch peeps into the woods for them.

Speaking of walking, this is a great recipe to whip up, pop in the oven and then head out for my afternoon walk while it bakes. Then, by the time I’m finished walking and come back in the house, the smell greets me at the door! I remove it from the oven and allow it cool as I clean up and set the table, prepare a salad and voila, supper is ready! It’s hard to beat that!

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Stuffed Shells Recipe

Dinner 45 mins

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 8
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Stuffed shells makes a simple, delicious, and comforting recipe. Large pasta shells are stuffed with a flavorful meat mixture and then baked with a rich tomato sauce.


  • 12 large shell pasta
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Bring water to boil in a large stockpot. Add salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to water. Add pasta to water, stirring often to prevent the pasta from sticking. Boil for about 10-15 minutes or until the shells are al dente. Drain shells from water.
  • Add remaining tablespoon of oil to a large Dutch oven or deep skillet. Add onion and garlic and cook until lightly browned and tender. Add ground beef and cook until ground beef is cooked thoroughly. Drain away any excess drippings. Stir in Greek yogurt, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese.
  • In another saucepan, stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil and oregano and cook until heated through, about 10 minutes. Remove from the stove and ladle about 1 cup of mixture into the bottom of baking dish.
  • Spoon beef mixture into shells and place into baking dish. Ladle remaining tomato sauce over stuffed shells, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 820mg | Potassium: 737mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 349mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Hi Robyn,
    This looks delicious, thanks for sharing it! I see that it’s tagged in freezer meals, have you had good luck freezing it? Do you recommend freezing before baking? Thanks so much!

  2. I think I might try this but with less cheese and some chopped veggies like mushrooms, small chopped zucchini, and shredded carrot. Maybe use reduced fat cream cheese? I am trying to watch the “waist”

  3. I make something similar, except I do not cook the shells. They are so much easier to stuff uncooked, with no risk of tearing. I nust add a little water to the sauce, making it thinner. The extra sauce gets absorbed cooking the shells, with extra to pour over shels on your plate!

  4. 5 stars
    It has been years since I have had stuffed shells. Your recipe sounds easy and good enough that I wil l make these this coming weekend.

    1. I can’t wait for you to try them, Alice! So easy and so delicious – I hope you enjoy them! xo

  5. Looks fantastic like most of Robin’s recipes. Can’t wait to make it. On another note, am I the only guy following Robin 😀

    1. Hi Bill,
      Love this comment! I hope you enjoy these Stuffed Shells! I answer a lot of comments from other guys, so I hope they like the recipes too. I am excited to have you here and hope you find many recipes to enjoy! Thanks so much! 🙂

    2. Hi Robin.
      ..made these last night and they were incredible. I added leftover spinich to the meat mixture and mushrooms to the sauce. Fantastic!

      Thanks Robin

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe makes a delicious dish. The instructions are very easy to follow. Robyn, you are right to add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pasta water. The instructions on the pasta box don’t mention this. I was excited to make this dish, and as usual, Robyn did not disappoint. I’m so glad I found your site. I always trust your recipes.

    1. I meant to add that I was a tad concerned about adding the stuffing to the shells. I drained the shells open side down on a plate covered with a paper towel. The shells were very easy to stuff. No problem at all.

    2. That’s great to hear, Cindi! So glad you found them easy to make! Thanks!

    3. Last comment, I promise. I used cream cheese with jalapenos which gave the dish a little kick.