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Extra Chessy Stuffed Shells #SundaySupper

Sometimes you just want a hearty, cheesy, comfort- food dinner that is both easy and just a tad bit fancy. Well this is the perfect recipe for when this mood hits you! I say a bit fancy because the presentation is beautiful.

Sometimes you just want a hearty, cheesy, comfort- food dinner that is both easy and just a tad bit fancy. Well this is the perfect recipe for when this mood hits you! #SundaySupper

This is more than pasta and sauce. I love making a double batch of this pasta dinner, because it freezes really well. This is also a great dinner dish to bring to a friend when you want to share a meal with someone.

I made this recipe the other night for dinner.  So easy and the kids LOVED it!  All I have to do is say pasta and cheese and the kids cheer!  I think this dish is so yummy looking that I would definitely serve this to a large crowd for an informal dinner. For a week night meal, this warms the tummy!

If your kids don’t like veggies I would add some spinach to the cheese mixture. My kids have always loved their veggies, so we prefer to serve a heaping spinach salad topped with balsamic dressing as an accompaniment to the pasta dish.

While the pasta shells are baking, mix up the cheese mixture. Once the shells have cooled to the touch, you can spoon the cheese mixture into the shells.  Stuff them full!

You can make this dish up ahead of time.  Stuff the al dente shells and place in dish with sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.  I have had the shells sit in the fridge for about 8 hours.  I would imagine they would keep fine overnight.  Bring pasta to room temperature and continue with the baking instructions.

I also love that this is such an easy meal to dress up and serve it to company.  Add my Italian Antipasto Salad, a loaf of French bread and you are all set!

Extra Chessy Stuffed Shells #SundaySupper


  • Box uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 15 ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) grated mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 – 26 ounce jar spaghetti sauce or homemade sauce. (For this recipe I used some homemade pasta sauce since we had some leftover from a large batch recently made, When I don’t have homemade sauce I do not think twice about using a good variety of store bought jarred sauce.)
  • 1/2 cup jared or fresh Alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Extra Easy Stuffed Shells


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta shells according to package directions for al dente, about 9 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. Let cool on cookie sheet.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan, 1½ cups of the mozzarella, egg, salt, and pepper.  Extra Chessy Stuffed Shells
  4. Spread ¾ of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a 13×9 inch baking dish. Extra Chessy Stuffed Shells
  5. Using a teaspoon spoon the cheese mixture into the pasta shells and place in the baking dish. Extra Chessy Stuffed Shells Extra Chessy Stuffed Shells
  6. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over shells, sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.  Extra Chessy Stuffed Shells #SundaySupper
  7. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  8. Uncover, drizzle Alfredo sauce over shells, and bake for 5-10 minutes more.
  9. Enjoy!

Side note: Some of the shells might fall apart when being boiled.  Not to worry, you will have enough complete shells to stuff.  I take the broken shells, cut them up and toss with butter and parmesan cheese. The kids love to nibble on these as well.

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  4. Such comfort food, I’m sure it goes down well.

    1. Stacey says:

      Hi Caroline! It disappears lickity-split for sure!

  5. How can you go wrong with this pasta dish? It’s so elegant yet comforting at the same time. I’m with you – the more cheese the better and I always make a double batch and freeze some!

    1. Stacey says:

      I really do love this one for an easy meal with family or friends! It simply looks beautiful and everyone loves pasta and cheese. Thanks for stopping by, Monica!

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  7. This looks great! This is pure comfort food for me.

    1. Stacey says:

      Thanks, Denise. I agree, this is pure comfort food!

  8. Love ricotta and mozzerella … with pasta, with toast… Or plain =) Your extra-cheese dish does look extra-delicious! Fantabulous that it’s freezer friendly, too =)

    1. Stacey says:

      It is tasty on toast as well! Yes, love freezer friendly meals.

  9. I don’t blame your kids….I would get excited over this pasta too.

    1. Stacey says:


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  11. I agree, the more cheese the better!

    1. Stacey says:

      That what we believe 🙂

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