This Stuffed Shells recipe features pasta shells filled with a mixture of ground beef, mushrooms and cheeses that's baked to perfection in a garlic pasta sauce.

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Easy Stuffed Shells


Prep Time: 1 hr 10 mins

Cook Time: 50 mins


Italian Sausage Seasoning Ingredients – ▢1 tbsp. - parsley – ▢1 tbsp. - Italian seasoning – ▢½ tbsp. - minced garlic – ▢½ tbsp. - minced onions – ▢1 tbsp. - sea salt – ▢½ tsp. - black pepper – ▢1 tsp. - red pepper flakes – ▢½ tsp. – fennel – ▢½ tsp. - paprika Stuffed Shells Stuffing Ingredients – ▢2 lbs. – ground beef – ▢24 oz. – fresh mushrooms – ▢1 lb. – mozzarella cheese – ▢1 lb. – cheddar cheese – ▢4 oz. – parmesan cheese – ▢½ - roasted garlic pasta sauce – ▢3 oz. – tomato paste – ▢2 cups – cottage cheese – ▢1 – yellow bell pepper – ▢1 large - egg – ▢60 large – pasta shells

Step 1

Peel the mushrooms, rinse them, and cut into small pieces. Sauté the mushrooms on high heat for about 5 minutes until the water evaporates. Reduce the heat to medium and sauté for a few more minutes. Set aside to cool.

Step 2

Shred all the cheese, mix it together, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Step 3

Prepare the Italian sausage mixture by combining all the ingredients. Set aside.

Step 4

Boil the jumbo pasta shells according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Cover to prevent drying out.

Step 5

In a large frying pan, heat olive oil and add ground beef. Sauté on high heat until it releases water, then reduce to medium heat. Add mixed seasonings and sauté for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add roasted garlic pasta sauce and tomato sauce. Sauté for 3 more minutes. Set aside to cool.

Step 6

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the cooled beef mixture, sautéed mushrooms, diced yellow pepper, cottage cheese, egg, and half of the shredded cheese mixture. Mix gently.

Step 7

Stuff each large shell with about ⅓ cup of filling using a spoon. Place the stuffed shells in an oven-safe baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 F for 40 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle the reserved cheese on top, and bake uncovered for another 10 minutes until the cheese melts and turns golden.

Step 8

Let it cool for 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy your delicious Stuffed Shells with garlic bread or a side salad.

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