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Stuffed Shells (Pioneer Woman)


This Stuffed Shells recipe is easy to prepare but tastes so good it will come off as if you spent all day in the kitchen. At less than an hour to make, it's a great last minute dinner recipe.

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  • Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces jumbo pasta shells
  • 30 ounces whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup Romano cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 12 leaves fresh basil, cut into chiffonade
  • 1 large egg
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces Parmesan, grated
  • 2 jars good-quality marinara sauce
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated
  • Crusty French bread, for serving


Servings 8
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 50mins


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta shells and cook for half the cooking time on the package; make sure not to overcook. Drain and rinse in cool water. Set aside.

In a bowl, mix together the ricotta, Romano, parsley, basil, egg, some salt and pepper and half of the Parmesan. Stir until combined.

To assemble, coat the bottom of a baking dish with some sauce. Fill each half-cooked shell with the cheese mixture and place face-down on the sauce. Repeat with the shells until the cheese mixture is gone. Top the shells with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle on the mozzarella and extra Parmesan.

Bake until hot and bubbly, 25 minutes. Serve with crusty French bread.

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