When it comes to Italian dishes, besides spaghetti and lasagna and LOVE stuffed shells. I remember years ago buying them frozen in bulk and heating them up individually when I had the craving for one. Now I made a big dish of them because they are delicious, and easy to make and my whole family likes enjoys them every time I make them.
What I like about making stuffed shells with ricotta cheese is you can get creative! I like to add a little spinach to my ricotta cheese mixture because it is the only way I can get my kids to eat spinach. Luckily they have never asked me what the green stuff in the shells is.
If you want to make stuffed shells be sure to print my Stuffed Shells with Ricotta Cheese below:
Stuffed Shells With Ricotta Cheese Recipe
A simple and easy recipes for Stuffed Shells With Ricotta Cheese.
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
- 16 oz marina sauce
- 12 oz Ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 3 cups Mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 box Jumbo shells 12oz
- 1 tbsp spinach optional
In a skillet add ground beef and seasoning. Cook until no longer pink and drain. While cooking meat, cook jumbo shells according to package and set aside.
Add 1 cup of the marinara sauce to skillet and cook on medium heat for about 2 minutes to heat up and create a thick meat/sauce mixture.
Add 1/2 cup marinara sauce to 13x9 baking dish and spread evenly.
In a medium bowl, add egg, Ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and 2 cups of the Mozzarella cheese. Add spinach to mixture if using it. Stir until blended.
Add a spoonful of meat mixture into each shell along with about 1 TBS of cheese mixture. Fill each shell until mixture is gone.
Pour remaining marinara sauce over shells and top with the leftover 1 cup of Mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes until cheese is melted.
These are also great to bake when you are making lasagna since they have most of the same ingredients!