Kittencal's Meat-Stuffed Pasta Shells

5
Servings
35m
Prep Time
45m
Cook Time
1h 20m
Ready In


"Cook the shells only for about 5-6 minutes you do not want to cook them to the package directions or they will be too soft. The shells may be stuffed up to 2 days ahead covered then refrigerated until ready to bake. I use my own sauce to make these you can you you favorite however I do recommend using homemade it's always better! Here are two of my sauce recipes that work well with this recipe...#recipe3319 and #recipe23"

Original recipe yields 5 servings
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Nutritional

  • Serving Size: 1 (411.4 g)
  • Calories 956.7
  • Total Fat - 52 g
  • Saturated Fat - 20.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 202.9 mg
  • Sodium - 1732.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 57.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.2 g
  • Sugars - 8.2 g
  • Protein - 62 g
  • Calcium - 748.4 mg
  • Iron - 6.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 3.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Cook pasta shells for only about 5 minutes; drain, rinse under cold water; set aside on a plate, then cover with plastic wrap to prevent the pasta from drying out.

Step 2

In large skillet cook the ground beef with onion until browned (the meat must be browned this will take about 10-12 minutes); drain fat. Add in garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat then stir in bread crumbs, set aside to cool. Blend in egg, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Step 3

Pour/spread 2 cups pasta sauce into bottom greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Using a small spoon carefully fill each shell with meat filling. Place stuffed shells side by side filling side up into baking dish. Spoon remaining 2 cups of pasta sauce over shells.

Step 4

Sprinkle generously with 1/2 cup or more Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake in a preheated 375 degrees F for 30 minutes. Remove sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, return to oven, bake uncovered for another 15-20 minutes or until hot an bubbly. Delicious!

Tips & Variations


No special items needed.

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LindasBusyKitchen

I changed it up a little, adding Ricotta cheese with egg, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and chopped parsley and and meat filling into the shells, and I covered with Mexican and Parmesan cheese. So very delicious! We will have this again for sure. Thank you for sharing another of your fabulous recipes Carol! Linda

(2 Nov 2021)

CeeCeeinNH

I used your sauce while making these. I made them for my family for a Christmas party at my house. They went over real big, and both young and old loved them!

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(6 Jan 2014)

MichelliBelli

I feel like a master chef after making these shells. My boyfriend stuffed his face and loved them! I used your sauce http://www.recipezazz.com/recipe/sausage-tomato-sauce-lasagna-or-manicotti for the sauce. That was a great sauce and it tasted really good with the shells. I feel like an Italian chef now, and since I am just learning to cook that is a good feeling! Thank you.

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(29 Apr 2012)