March 11th, 2010

Three Cheese Stuffed Shells

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You really can’t go wrong stuffing anything with melted cheese, can you?  My whole family loves these Three Cheese Stuffed Shells, which makes this meal a winner in my book.

Three Cheese Stuffed Shells

You can use manicotti pasta in place of the large shells, but I find the shells much easier to stuff. This recipe makes more than we can eat in one sitting, but it freezes well.  You can even freeze the extra filling for later. I’ve tried several cheese stuffed pasta recipes, but this is my favorite. The consistency of the cheesy filling is just right. And it’s so easy to add meat for an even heartier meal. Although this is my go-to recipe when I’m feeding vegetarians!

Three Cheese Stuffed Shells

Preparation 20 min Cook Time 45 min Total Time 1 hr 5 mins


  • 1 (16 oz.) package jumbo shell pasta
  • 1 (16 oz.) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/3 cup dried bread crumbs, seasoned
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 cups marinara sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, then rinse with cold water to cool so you can handle the pasta while stuffing.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, bread crumbs, oregano, basil, and salt and pepper to taste; mix well.
  3. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and cover bottom of dish with a thin layer of marinara sauce.
  4. Fill shells with cheese mixture and place in dish; cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese on top of sauce.
  5. Bake, covered, for about 30-40 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce starts bubbling. Uncover and bake an additional 5-10 minutes.

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  1. Yum…looks good! I have a similar recipe to this, but I throw some chopped spinach in there to ease my guilt over all that cheese.

  2. I have always wanted to try jumbo shells…this looks super good. My stomach is growling haha

  3. Very creative blog…following you…:)

  4. This has replaced my shells recipe. Very good! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  5. I made this for supper tonight. It is waiting to go into the oven. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I actually added it to my blog at


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