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Easy Stuffed Shells

Delicious Stuffed Shells are the perfect easy, weeknight dinner. Jumbo pasta shells are stuffed with a smooth, creamy, cheesy filling flavored with fresh herbs and baked to absolute perfection. 
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta, stuffed shells
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 348kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 12 oz jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 30 oz whipped cottage cheese
  • 6 oz Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 to 2 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley minced
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves finely chopped (about 8 to 10 leaves)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 28 oz marinara sauce
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese grated


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread half of the marinara sauce on the bottom of the dish. Set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta shells and cook pasta shells until 3 minutes shy of al dente - according to the package directions.
  • Drain pasta shells and rinse with cool water. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine whipped cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, garlic, parsley, basil, salt and pepper.
  • Spoon mixture into shells and place shells in baking dish, nestling them in the sauce.
  • Cover shells with remaining sauce and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve immediately.



Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 1933mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 412mg | Iron: 1.8mg