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Easy Lasagna Stuffed Shells: A Delicious Pasta Recipe

Easy Lasagna Stuffed Shells: A Delicious Pasta Recipe

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Looking for an easy lasagna stuffed shells recipe? Look no further! This delicious pasta dish is perfect for a weeknight meal. It’s simple to make and requires minimal ingredients. Plus, it’s sure to please both kids and adults alike. So what are you waiting for? Try this amazing stuffed shells recipe today!

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What is lasagna?

Traditional Lasagna is a type of Italian pasta dish that typically consists of layers of flat noodles, cheese, and meat or tomato sauce. It is baked in the oven and served hot. It can be made with different types of noodles, cheeses, and sauces. However, the most common lasagna recipe includes ground beef, mozzarella cheese, and a tomato-based sauce.

How do you make lasagna stuffed shells?

Lasagna stuffed shells are a variation of the classic dish we just talked about. Instead of layering the noodles, cheese, and sauce in a baking dish, the ingredients are stuffed inside of pasta shells. The shells are then baked in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

What kind of ground meat should we use?

For this lasagna stuffed shells recipe, we recommend using ground beef. Ground beef is a classic ingredient and pairs well with the tomato sauce. However, you could also use ground turkey, Italian sausage, or even lamb.

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What kind of cheese should be used?

We recommend using mozzarella cheese for this recipe. Mozzarella cheese is a classic lasagna cheese and has a mild, slightly sweet flavor. However, you could also use cheddar cheese, ricotta cheese, or even goat cheese.

What type of tomato sauce should be used?

For this lasagna stuffed shells recipe, we recommend using a traditional tomato-based sauce. However, feel free to experiment with different types of sauces. Alfredo sauce, pesto sauce, and even barbecue sauce would all be delicious!

What should we serve with lasagna stuffed shells?

These stuffed shells can be served with a variety of sides. Some popular side dish options include garlic bread, salad, and roasted vegetables.

Easy Lasagna Stuffed Shells

This lasagna stuffed shells recipe is made with ground beef, mozzarella cheese, and a tomato-based sauce.

asagna Stuffed Shells Ingredients

Lasagna Stuffed Shells Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup bread crumbs 
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or melted butter 
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb ground meat
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 jar pasta sauce, any kind of spaghetti sauce you like
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 16 oz ricotta cheese – you can use small curd cottage cheese if you need to
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shreds, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 24 jumbo shells

How to Make Lasagna Stuffed Shells:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take your 13×9 baking dish and coat it generously with your favorite nonstick cooking spray.

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In a small bowl mix together the bread crumbs, olive oil, and parsley until well combined – set this bowl aside for a minute.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook your jumbo pasta shells according to the instructions on the package to cook shells, drain the water, and set them aside in a bowl of cold water.

Lasagna Stuffed Shells onions and garlic

In a large skillet over medium heat cook the diced onions and garlic in olive oil until soft and the onions are translucent.

Lasagna Stuffed Shells with ground beef

Add in ground meat and cook until it is no longer pink. Drain off the fat.

Lasagna Stuffed Shells adding spinach

Stir in ½ cup of the jar of sauce and the spinach, cooking until the spinach is wilted.

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Lasagna Stuffed Shells cheese stuffing

In a large bowl combine the ricotta, eggs, parsley, and 1 cup mozzarella until well blended.

Lasagna Stuffed Shells stuffing mixed

Stir meat mixture into the ricotta filling cheese mixture.

Drain the pasta shells and fill them with meat and ricotta mixture.

Pro Tip: Put your meat and cheese filling inside a pastry bag with either no tip or a large round tip to make filling the shells a lot easier.

Lasagna Stuffed Shells ontop of the sauce in the pan

Evenly spread ½ cup of pasta sauce in the bottom of a baking dish then place the filled pasta shells on top.

Lasagna Stuffed Shells topped with cheese

Pour remaining sauce over the top of your lasagna stuffed shells and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of shells.

fully baked Lasagna Stuffed Shells

Sprinkle on bread crumb mixture and bake for 30-40 minutes.

ready to eat Lasagna Stuffed Shells

Garnish with parsley, serve, and enjoy!

 FAQs

How many lasagna stuffed shells does this recipe make?

This lasagna stuffed shells recipe makes 24 lasagna stuffed shells.

Can we freeze lasagna stuffed shells?

Yes, you can freeze lasagna stuffed shells. To freeze, simply place the cooled lasagna stuffed shells in a freezer-safe container or bag. Freeze for up to three months. When you’re ready to eat, thaw the lasagna stuffed shells in the refrigerator overnight and then bake according to the recipe instructions.

Can I make a double batch of this?

Yes, you can make a double batch of lasagna stuffed shells. Simply double all of the ingredients and bake in two 13x-inch baking dishes. You may need to bake for slightly longer if you’re using two pans.

Lasagna Stuffed Shells on a spoon

I hope you enjoy this lasagna stuffed shells recipe! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. And if you try the recipe, be sure to let us know how it turned out! Bon appetit!

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Easy Lasagna Stuffed Shells: A Delicious Pasta Recipe

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Looking for an easy lasagna stuffed shells recipe? Look no further! This delicious pasta dish is perfect for a weeknight meal

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or melted butter 
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb ground meat
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 jar pasta sauce, any kind of spaghetti sauce you like
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 16 oz ricotta cheese - you can use small curd cottage cheese if you need to
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shreds, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 24 jumbo shells

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take your 13×9 baking dish and coat it generously with your favorite nonstick cooking spray.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook your jumbo pasta shells according to the instructions on the package to cook shells, drain the water, and set them aside in a bowl of cold water.

In a large skillet over medium heat cook the diced onions and garlic in olive oil until soft and the onions are translucent.

Add in ground meat and cook until it is no longer pink. Drain off the fat.

Stir in ½ cup of the jar of sauce and the spinach, cooking until the spinach is wilted.

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

In a large bowl combine the ricotta, eggs, parsley, and 1 cup mozzarella until well blended.

Stir meat mixture into the ricotta filling cheese mixture.

Drain the pasta shells and fill them with meat and ricotta spinach lasagna filling.

Pro Tip: Put your meat and cheese filling inside a pastry bag with either no tip or a large round tip to make filling the shells a lot easier.

Evenly spread ½ cup of pasta sauce in the bottom of a baking dish then place the stuffed lasagna shells on top.

Pour remaining sauce over the top of your lasagna stuffed shells and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of shells.

Top with bread crumb mixture and bake for 30-40 minutes.

Garnish with parsley, serve, and enjoy!

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