Want a change from plain spaghetti? Try this easy stuffed pasta shells recipe!

Easy Stuffed Pasta Shells

We love pasta, but sometimes spaghetti can get a bit boring. So, these easy stuffed pasta shells are the perfect way to put a little spin on pasta night. Serve with some garlic bread and it’s a great hearty meal.

Easy stuffed pasta shells ingredients

Easy Pasta Shells Ingredients

Jumbo Pasta Shells – cooked to package directions

Ground beef – I like to use 70/30 or 80/20


Cottage cheese

Mozzarella cheese – I usually buy blocks and shred myself

Pasta sauce – use your favorite brand and flavor

Italian Seasoning – If you don’t have Italian seasoning, mix together 1 T. dried basil, 1 T. dried oregano, 1 T. dried thyme, 1 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary, and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Garlic powder

Salt & Pepper

Kitchen Tools


Measuring spoons & cups

Mixing bowls

Mixing spoons

Large pot – large enough to cook pasta shells

Casserole dish – 9″x13″ or two 8″x8″

Easy Pasta Stuffed Shells

Yield: 8 servings - 5 shells per serving

How to make stuffed pasta shells. Easy dinner.


  • 12 oz. package jumbo shells
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 4 oz. mushrooms, chopped
  • 16 oz. cottage cheese
  • 16 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 48 oz. pasta sauce
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to your taste


    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cook pasta shells Start cooking the pasta shells per package directions for al dente pasta shells.
    2. Cook beef for easy stuffed pasta shells with seasonings Add ground beef to a medium skillet, sprinkle with 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and add salt/pepper. Brown the ground beef over medium heat and drain grease. Set aside.
    3. Easy stuffed pasta shells stuffing mix In a large bowl, add cottage cheese, 12 oz. of the mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, 2 tsp. Italian seasoning, and garlic, along with a dash of salt and pepper to a large bowl. Easy Stuffed Pasta Shells stuffing mix with meat Once the ground beef is done, add that, along with 16 oz. of the pasta sauce. Stir well.
    4. Cover the bottom of a 9"x13" casserole dish or two 8" x 8" casserole dishes with a thin layer of pasta sauce.
    5. Place stuffed pasta shells into casserole dish Once the shells are cooked, drain and rinse with cold water until they are not steaming hot, as you will be handling these with your hands. Use a small spoon to fill the pasta shells. Set gently into the baking dish, side by side.
    6. Easy stuffed pasta shells topped with sauce and cheese Pour pasta sauce over the shells, as well as the remainder of the mozzarella cheese.
    7. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
    8. Serve hot, and sprinkle servings with parmesan cheese if desired.

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