Homemade Stuffed Shells with Meat and Cheese are baked casserole-style with meat sauce, plenty of cheese, and tons of Italian flavor. This easy favorite recipe is perfect for any night of the week. Your whole family will love this Stuffed Jumbo Shells recipe!
Stuffed Shells Recipe
It’s hard to go wrong with Italian food. Pasta, cheese, and sauce are always a winning combination in my mind! These stuffed shells with meat and cheese are no exception – they’re easy, delicious, and always a crowd pleaser.
Since casseroles are the ultimate easy dinner, this stuffed shells recipe is made casserole-style. It’s the easiest way to cook and serve without any hassle (and also a great recipe to make for neighbors or company).
This Italian Stuffed Shells recipe is simple enough for weeknight dinners and fancy enough for a date night at home. No matter the occasion, everyone loves these cheese stuffed pasta shells!
Why You’ll Love this Stuffed Shells Recipe:
- CHEESY: There are 3 kinds of cheese in this meat and cheese stuffed shells recipe! The ultimate cozy and comforting dinner.
- LOADED: Jumbo shells are stuffed to the brim with a cheesy filling, covered with a meat sauce, and topped with lots of cheese. Every bite is a dream!
- EASY: Made with basic ingredients and ready in just over an hour, this homemade dinner recipe is simple to make.
These meat and cheese stuffed pasta shells are the perfect Italian meal for any night of the week. No one can turn down pasta shells stuffed with cheese!
How to Make Stuffed Shells with Meat
Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!
Stuffed shells with ground beef and three kinds of cheese are so easy to make! Here’s a quick overview of the recipe:
- Cook the jumbo pasta shells to al dente.
- Brown the beef and make the meat sauce.
- Stuff the shells with cheese and arrange them in the baking dish with the sauce.
- Cover the casserole dish and bake.
Easy Stuffed Shells with Meat and Cheese Ingredients
Each part of this easy stuffed shells recipe is filled with classic, fresh, and simple Italian ingredients.
- Jumbo Pasta Shells
- Meat Sauce: olive oil, ground beef, onion, garlic, and marinara
- Cheese Filling: egg, cottage cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan
- Cheese Topping: more mozzarella and parmesan, and fresh basil for garnish
Pasta shells are traditionally known as “Conchiglie,” but most brands label them as jumbo shells.
Before assembling and baking the stuffed pasta shells, boil the pasta shells to al dente. Cook them according to the package instructions – about 9 minutes. If you want to prepare the pasta shells ahead of time, keep them in the refrigerator for up to a couple of days. When ready to bake the shells, simply stuff them, bake, and serve.
Yes! This baked stuffed shells recipe is essentially a casserole, so it’s incredibly freezer-friendly. Let the casserole cool, cover it, and place in the freezer. For single servings, portion out the pasta in freezer safe containers so it’s ready to reheat at a later time.
To reheat frozen unbaked stuffed shells, let them thaw in the refrigerator first. Once thawed, bake according to the directions below. To reheat baked stuffed shells, let them thaw in the refrigerator first. Once thawed, reheat in the oven until warmed through.
Yes! Instead of ground beef, try an equal amount of chicken or turkey. A butcher’s meatloaf mixture would also be a fantastic option.
Just like all casseroles, these Italian Stuffed Shells with ground beef and cheese can be a meal all on their own. It’s a hearty, filling, and satisfying dish!
That said, to complete this stuffed shells meal, serve with any of these sides:
- Homemade Garlic Bread
- Texas Toast Garlic Cheese Bread
- Classic Caesar Salad
- Kale Caesar Salad
- Roasted Vegetables
I’m a fan of ALL pasta, but stuffed pasta is on a completely different level. I love how each bite is filled with cheese, meat, and sauce. So good!
- Jumbo Pasta Shells: Keep an eye on the pasta shells so they don’t overcook. After boiling, set them upside down on a baking sheet to dry.
- Marinara Sauce: Use your favorite, store-bought or homemade marinara sauce!
- Vegetarian Version: To make vegetarian stuffed shells, simply omit the meat from the sauce.
I can’t wait for you to give these stuffed shells a try! If you’re looking to feed a hungry crowd, this is the recipe for you. I can’t imagine anyone turning down this dish!
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