Cheese-Stuffed Shells in Marinara Sauce

Cheese-Stuffed Shells in Marinara Sauce

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15 min.
45 min.
6 Servings

Cheese-Stuffed Shells feature three kinds of cheese and a delicious Marinara Sauce. This Italian favorite is perfect for a family meal or entertaining.


  • 12 dried jumbo whole-wheat or regular pasta shells, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) fat free or reduced fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup BUITONI Refrigerated Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese (5 oz.)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 container BUITONI Refrigerated Marinara Sauce (15 oz.)
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PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

COMBINE 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg and pepper in medium bowl. Stuff each shell evenly with cheese mixture; place in ungreased 12 x 7 1/2-inch baking dish. Pour sauce over shells.

BAKE for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Top with remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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This is one of my family's favorite recipes. It is easy to make and quick. I double the recipe as it reheats very well and tastes just as good the next day for lunch!

- Barbara Fritz from Cedar Park, TX


These cheesy shells are absolutely wonderful. Perfect blend of cheeses, and very fillilng. They even filled up my husband, who is usually still hungry a little while after dinner. I used a different brand of refrigerated marinara sauce; it was still delicious. I'll definitely make this recipe again.

- Jessie from Bryan, Texas

Amazingly Easy!!!!

This is my second time making it, this time I doubled the recipe so that we have enough for the rest of the week. I also added some romano cheese to the mixture and made some home made garlic bread with a salad. You can't go wrong with this recipe. Thank you!!!

- Brenda from Chicago, IL


If I could walk away with only one recipe from this site, this would be it. My husband and I loved it. It was easy but tasted great. My husband keeps asking when are we having it again. Thanks, you make me seem like a super chef with this one.

- Lisa Butler from Colorado Springs


Made these for dinner tonight.. So easy to make and they were excellent.. will make them again.

- Liz from

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 268
  • Calories from Fat: 80
  • Total Fat: 9g (14% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 4g (22% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 63mg (21% of DV)
  • Sodium: 663mg (28% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 30g (10% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g (11% of DV)
  • Sugars: 7g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Vitamin A: 16% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 1% of DV
  • Calcium: 35% of DV
  • Iron: 10% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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