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Stuffed Shells Recipe

Stuffed Shells Recipe is an easy yet fancy dinner recipe. The Jumbo Pasta Shells are stuffed with a simple mixture of cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt and pepper and an egg. Covered with red pasta sauce and baked to perfection, your family will love this meal!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Karli Bitner


  • 10 jumbo pasta shells
  • 16 oz cottage cheese
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese divided
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup red pasta sauce (like spaghetti sauce) divided


  • Pre cook the pasta shells. (I suggest cooking a few extra just in case a one rips!) If using your Instant Pot to pre cook the shells, cover the shells with water and cook on Manual HIGH for 3 min with a 5 min NPR. If using the stove top, boil the shells until al dente. 
  • Rinse the shells under cold water when they are finished cooking.
  • While the shells are boiling, make the cheese filling. 
  • Combine the cottage cheese, 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, pepper and the egg in a medium sized bowl. Stir thoroughly.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Pour 1 cup of the pasta sauce on the bottom of an 8x8 pan. 
  • Spoon the filling into each shell, one at a time, arranging the shells in the pan as you go. You will end up with 2 rows of 5 shells. 
  • Pour the additional 1/2 cup of pasta sauce on top of the shells. Top with the remains 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. 
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. 
  • Allow the shells to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. 


If you'd like to add ground beef to this recipe, I would suggest browning the ground beef on the stove top and adding it to the red pasta sauce.