Cheese Stuffed Shells Recipe

Here is the stuffed shells recipe for those who don’t eat meat – Cheese stuffed shells. That’s right, no meat at all! There are three different types of cheese in these shells; parmesan, ricotta, and mozzarella. If you want you could experiment with different types of cheese. At first, I was a little skeptical because I had never eaten stuffed shells without meat before, but they were delicious and I must have eaten over half the batch myself. The original recipe I found called for garlic powder, that didn’t satisfy me so I used fresh garlic and it was well worth it. I found the fresh garlic gave it a very delicious flavor. These stuffed shells will even make a great side dish. Serve with garlic bread. Enjoy.
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Cheese Stuffed Shells Recipe

  • Author: Bobby


  • 12 ounces jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 ¼ cups shredded mozzarella cheese (reserve ¼ cup)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 2 lbs ricotta cheese
  • 4 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • ½ cup fresh spinach (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 8 ounces spaghetti sauce


  1. In a large pot bring water to a boil and cook shells according to package directions or until al dente. Drain and plunge into cold water to cool. Drain again and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine – 1 cup mozzarella cheese, parmesan, ricotta, eggs, spinach, garlic, pepper, and parsley.
  3. Pour a thin layer of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a 12 x 9” baking dish. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Spoon the cheese mixture into each shell and place right side up in a baking dish. Repeat until cheese mixture is gone. Pour the remaining sauce over the shells.
  5. Cover loosely with tin foil and bake in the oven for 40 minutes. During the last 5 minutes of baking, remove the tin foil and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese on top of the shells. Bake 5 more minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and serve.


12 thoughts on “Cheese Stuffed Shells Recipe”

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  2. This was a wonderful recipe. I made it last night and everyone loved it. I also added chopped mushroom to the cheese mix. It was great!

  3. I made this last night for dinner. My boyfriend loved it! We added a little bit of Tapatio sauce to it…and boy, was it scrumptious!

  4. I made the cheese stuffed shell pasta and it was excellent. Everyone loved it. Im gonna make it agian for my mother when i go home to visit it here.

  5. Made this just last night, and my fiancee LOVED it! Very good!!! Definitely making again! Not to mention very easy to make!

  6. I stumbled upon your website- & I gotta say, I am the worst cook, but when I follow this recipe, it turns out PERFECT every time! Great work! Thank you so much for sharing!

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