Ricotta Stuffed Shells Recipe

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It’s the dish that always brings a smile to the faces of children and grownups alike. Classic and comforting, the perfect meal to end any sort of day.

Ricotta Stuffed Shells Recipe with Marinara. BOOM.

It’s simple. Completely void of elegance. Yet this humble dish delivers big impact on the dinner table!

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A Ricotta Stuffed Shells recipe is creamy, cheesy, savory, and offers a touch of spice. I’d bet money even your pickiest eaters will ask for seconds.

Plus, our Ricotta Stuffed Shells Recipe is quick and easy to make. My kids love to chip in and fill the pasta shells for me as I whip up fresh marinara sauce.

But don’t worry, in a pinch you can definitely use your favorite jarred marinara.

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Stuff the shells with a simple ricotta and herb filling. Cover with marinara and cheese.

Then bake!

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This Ricotta Stuffed Shells Recipe is easy to freeze. Try making a double (or triple) batch. Then wrap and freeze them for another night.

You’ll be so glad you did.

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Ricotta Stuffed Shells for the win!

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Ricotta Stuffed Shells Recipe

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Ricotta Stuffed Shells Recipe - Rich and cheesy classic stuffed shells. A comforting dish you'll serve again and again!

Servings: 4
Nutrition Facts
Ricotta Stuffed Shells Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 shells)
Calories 582 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 1938mg 81%
Potassium 877mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 9g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 36.6%
Vitamin C 18.8%
Calcium 58.8%
Iron 18.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 20 jumbo pasta shells (half of a 12-ounce box)
  • 1 pinch crushed pepper flakes
  • 3 cups homemade marinara, or 24-ounce jar
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Lightly oil or spray a 9 X 13 inch baking pan and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Partially cook the pasta shells in water, 4-6 minutes. Strain the shells and lay in the pan.

  3. Mix the ricotta, parmesan, egg, parsley, rosemary, salt, pepper, and nutmeg together in a medium bowl. Fill each shell with 1-2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture.

  4. Spoon the sauce on and around the shells. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake until bubbly and golden, about 25 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Note: Stuffed shells are easy to freeze. Make a double batch and wrap some up for next week!

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9 comments on “Ricotta Stuffed Shells Recipe

  1. Lorraineposted April 21, 2019 at 1:41 pm Reply

    Love this recipe, Easy and everyone loved it!

  2. bob mansfieldposted January 11, 2019 at 9:19 pm Reply

    close to 200omg sodium per serving! yikes!

  3. Jess Wright @ The Cookbook Obsessionposted August 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm Reply

    I love simple dishes like this! I especially love anything that I can make ahead of time and just pop in the oven when I need it.
    I love your photos also! Very pleasing to the eye.

  4. Gaby Dalkinposted August 23, 2016 at 4:22 pm Reply

    In need of some classic comfort food like this!! Looks yummy!

  5. Katie | Katie's Time Travelling Kitchenposted August 23, 2016 at 10:19 am Reply

    Ooh this looks delicious! I must try it! :)

  6. lauraposted March 11, 2010 at 6:45 pm Reply

    Stuffed shells are so good – Brian could eat a whole baking dish full. I haven't made them in so long…I will have to correct this and try your recipe!

  7. Bradposted March 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm Reply

    Yum these look and sound great, thanks for the recipe.

  8. Cliff and Tamiposted March 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm Reply

    I just made stuffed shells a week ago, but with jarred sauce. I'm going to try this home made sauce next time – it sounds great!

  9. Katposted March 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm Reply

    I love stuffed shells! They remind me of good home cookin'. :)