Ricotta Stuffed ShellsAre you tired of making the same pasta recipe every week?  Well if you are this is the pasta dish for you.  This Ricotta Stuffed Shell recipe is an escape from the ordinary.  With jumbo pasta shells, mozzarella cheese, ground beef and delicious ricotta cheese, you’re going to love this dish. The pasta shells add a unique and fun flair to the meal while the ricotta cheese simply rewards your senses with its rich taste.  The whole family will find the shells to be a fun change of pace.  So take a vacation from the normal lasagna or spaghetti meal and enjoy this fun and easy shell dish.

ricotta stuffed shells4Start by cooking the shells according to the package directions.  You will need 30 shells to fill a 9″x13″ lasagna pan.  Around 45 shells come in a (12 oz) package of shells.  While the shells are cooking, chop up half of an onion and brown it in a pan with the 1lb. of ground beef.  Season the meat with 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.

meat and onionWhile the hamburger is browning, you can start mixing up the filling in a bowl.  Mix 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese with 1 (15 oz.) package of ricotta cheese.

ricotta and mozzarellaNow pour 1 (45 oz.) jar of Prego pasta sauce into a bowl and divide the browned hamburger equally between the two bowls.

adding beef Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the 9″x13″ pan.

adding sauce to bottom of panNow it’s time to stuff the shells.  Fill each shell with a spoonful of the filling.

stuffing shells Repeat with all 30 shells until your pan is full.

stuffed shells in panTop the shells with the remaining sauce.

sauce on shellsThen add 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese on the top of the sauce.

cheese on shellsCover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  And then uncover the shells and bake them for an additional 15 minutes. 

covered shellsNow you are ready to serve.  Enjoy!

full pan stuffed shells

 

Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz.) package of jumbo shell pasta ( you will need 30 shells out of a 45 shell package)
  • 1 lb. of ground beef
  • 1/2 of an onion chopped
  • 1 (45 oz.) jar of Prego pasta sauce (that is the large jar)
  • 1 (15 oz.) container of ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups of mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper

Instructions

  1. Start by cooking the shells according to the package directions. You will need 30 shells to fill a 9"x13" lasagna pan. Around 45 shells come in a (12 oz) package of shells. While the shells are cooking, chop up half of an onion and brown it in a pan with the 1lb. of ground beef. Season the meat with 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
  2. While the hamburger is browning, you can start mixing up the filling in a bowl. Mix 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese with 1 (15 oz.) package of ricotta cheese.
  3. Now pour 1 (45 oz.) jar of Prego pasta sauce into a bowl and divide the browned hamburger equally between the two bowls.
  4. Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the 9"x13" pan.
  5. Now it's time to stuff the shells. Fill each shell with a spoonful of the filling.
  6. Repeat with all 30 shells until your pan is full.
  7. Top the shells with the remaining sauce.
  8. Then add 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese on the top of the sauce.
  9. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. And then uncover the shells and bake them for an additional 15 minutes.
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