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Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe

Try this easy stuffed shells recipe next time you want to make a hearty dinner and the secret is they will think it took hours, but it doesn’t. Then serve it up with some beautiful asparagus for a delicious meal.

Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe

Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe on a plate with asparagus and dinner roll

This weekend I needed to make dinner for family coming to town. I needed something that would fill them up and taste great. I decided to make an easy five cheese jumbo stuffed shells recipe with roasted asparagus. I knew my husband would be thrilled, and I was right.

This Italian inspired pasta meal comes together so easy and most of the time is in the baking, but we had it on the table in just a short time.

I started with two jars of Bertolli® Five Cheese sauce. In addition to the cheese I add in the shells, I get cheese in the sauce too. So much more flavor than regular marinara. Find the rest of the recipe below.

For the Asparagus, I lined a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and placed the cleaned and trimmed asparagus on it. Then I drizzled olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese on top. I baked it for 13 minutes at 425 °.

Family Dinner Made Easily with fresh ingredients and stuffed shells.

Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe

Stuffed shells, asparagus on plate to feed a large family dinner
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Easy Five Cheese Stuffed Shells Recipe

Try this easy stuffed shells recipe next time you want to make a hearty dinner and the secret is they will think it took hours, but it doesn’t. Then serve it up with some beautiful asparagus for a delicious meal.
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 527kcal
Author Candi


  • 2 jars Five Cheese Sauce
  • 8 oz Jumbo shells
  • 30 oz of Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of Grated Romano Cheese
  • 8 oz of grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 8 oz of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Fresh Basil Chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place shells in salted boiling water in a large pot for 1/2 the time listed on the box. Drain and rinse in cool water.
  • In a large bowl, mix the Ricotta, salt, pepper, basil, egg, Romano and 1/2 of the Parmesan.
  • In a 9 X 13 pan place 1/2 of one jar of sauce in bottom of pan.
  • Fill the shells with cheese mixture and place face down lined up in pan.
  • Add remaining sauce from first jar on top. Continue to add shells and use 2nd jar of sauce on top and sprinkle Mozzarella cheese and remaining Parmesan Cheese.
  • Bake in oven for 25 minutes.


Cover with foil and freeze this unbaked. Thaw overnight and you’ll have dinner ready to bake when you get home from work. Perfect for busy nights.


Calories: 527kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 849mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 967IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 689mg | Iron: 1mg
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Tips for filling the Cheese stuffed shells

Quick Tip: After mixing cheeses in a bowl, fill a pastry bag with mixture. Then fill each shell. This will cut your time in half. If you don’t have pastry bags, you can use a large baggie and cut a hole in the bottom corner.

I served this 5 cheese stuffed shells with roasted asparagus and some dinner rolls. We were able to eat off of it for two meals and that is always a good thing.

Stuffed jumbo shells, asparagus on plate to feed a large family dinner

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  1. I grew up in a big Italian family, so meals like this are a staple in my life. OMG yours looks so YUM!

  2. YUM! These stuffed shells look so yummy! They also look really easy to cook – which is a “must” for my meals! And I can freeze half of them so win-win!
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  3. Only my oldest and myself like Italian food and I really try to stay away from pasta. SO once in a great while as a treat for my oldest, I will make him his own pan of lasagna or just last weekend I made him an entire pan of stuffed shells. He ate it for dinner all week! These look good and super easy to make. Maybe I should teach him this recipe!

  4. Gosh..this looks so delicious! I love Italian food and everything about it I will say yes -:) I’ve never tried the combination of pasta and Asparagus, but I bet they complimenet each other.

  5. I love stuffed shells. My mom used to make these for me as a kid only they had broccoli in them. So good! I only wish my son liked ricotta so I could make them now.

  6. Oh wow. These look so good. I can’t wait to try them out and see what the family thinks. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thats one big pasta pan! That looks delicious! I need to make pasta more often than I do, we try to stay away from it otherwise we would be eating it on a daily basis!

  8. Yum! This looks awesome! I am always afraid to make things like this because it seems complicated, apparently not so complicated! I am going to have to try it for this weekend!

  9. I’m a huge cheese fan, and carbs to – especially pasta. This would be perfect for me when I’m craving both, perfect recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. These look delicious and I would LOVE to add them to our weekly menu! I know my son would love the shells, he always wants the shell “Mac N Cheese.” Maybe this would finally entice him to eat something other than Kraft dinner.

  11. Omg these stuffed shells look amazing!!!!! So giving your recipe a try! I’m sure the family will love them.

  12. Omg this recipe looks so yummy and simple! I’ve been wanting to do a few dinners during the week that aren’t meat based, so this is perfect! Pinning to my dinner board now, thanks for sharing! 🙂

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