Crazy Good Classic Stuffed Shells
These classic stuffed shells Crazy Good are creamy, gooey, high-carb comfort foods at their best !
This family favorite recipe includes perfectly cooked shells, a savory tomato sauce and the most delicious ricotta filling ! Sure to become one of your favorite pasta dishes !
Stuffed shellfish recipe
So without further ado, let's dive into these gloriously cheesy stuffed shells! In fact, you might want to get your baking dish out and preheat the oven first…because I have a feeling you're making these for dinner tonight!
What are stuffed shellfish?
Stuffed shells are basically a super cheesy baked pasta dish, quite similar to baked lasagna or ziti. And it's perfect for those nights when you crave Italian comfort food!
But for this recipe, we keep things classic! But don't let the word classic fool you into thinking it means simple or boring! Because it definitely isn't. This recipe features an incredibly delicious homemade marinara sauce made with onion, olive oil , garlic, crushed tomatoes, and lots of fresh basil. And the cheese filling includes creamy ricotta cheese, parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Plus some finely chopped herbs and spices like salt and pepper.
Do not, I repeat, do NOT overcook your pasta shells. In fact, I want you to undercook them! Boil them in a large pot of salted water for exactly 5 minutes, then drain well and dry gently. The shells will still be relatively hard, but just soft enough that you can stuff them. This is good, because they will continue to cook in the oven. And they will come out perfectly cooked once the cooking is finished! Trust me here...no one wants a soggy plush shell!
How to assemble:
- Pour 1 and 1/2 cups of sauce into the bottom of your baking dish.
- Stuff each shell with a tablespoon or two of the cheese filling and nest the shells in the sauce as close together as possible.
- Pour the rest of the tomato sauce. Then sprinkle with mozzarella.
- Bake for about 35 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbling! Serve hot!
I like to sprinkle my shells with chopped fresh parsley and a little parmesan, but that's completely optional!