With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Pasta Shells with Cheese Filling

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pasta Shells with Cheese Filling

Have you used up all of your delicious Thanksgiving dinner left-overs?
How about an easy and yummy dish with tender pasta shells and a creamy, cheesy filling for a lovely meal. Add a side salad, bread and maybe even a glass of wine on a candle-lit table for an extra special dinner.

source: Ronzoni box 

1 pkg. (12 oz.) RONZONI JUMBO SHELLS, uncooked
4 cups (2 lb.) ricotta cheese
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups (about 28-oz. jar) spaghetti sauce or homemade sauce

Heat oven to 375°F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir together cheeses, eggs, parsley, salt, pepper and nutmeg. In 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish, spread 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce. Fill each cooked shell with about 1-1/2 level tablespoons cheese mixture; layer one-half filled shells in prepared dish. Spread one-half remaining sauce over shells; layer remaining filled shells over sauce. Spread remaining sauce over shells; sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired. Cover with foil; bake 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly (doubling recipe or more may require increased baking time). 8 to 10 servings.
For ease in filling each shell, I use a decorator with a large opening tip.
An added bonus... they freeze really well!
Assemble in a foil pan, cover tightly with plastic wrap and then foil and freeze.  When ready to serve, thaw and bake as above. {remember to remove the plastic wrap before baking}

I recently picked up a FoodSaver at a garage sale. I had never used one before.  After making a batch of stuffed shells, I placed them (without sauce) onto a waxed-paper lined pan and set them in the freezer.  When frozen, I then sealed them using the FoodSaver.  The vacuum did crush them a little but they baked up just fine.

So, for the work of one recipe, I got several meals for John and I.


podso said...

I love this recipe but never thought of using a decorator to fill them. Also want you to know your Thanksgiving pictures gave me an idea. I've always been challenged taking table pictures,and we laugh at how we do that every year ... but never thought of one side of the table turning like you had your kids turn. So we did that the other day and it actually worked! Thanks! We learn so much from blogging!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

looks good and piping in the filling, that makes it less messy!

Barbara F. said...

Lovely dish, Lorraine! I like to add a pinch of nutmeg, too, that's how it is done in Northern Italy. xo

Sangeetha said...

Wow, looks really yummy. Those shells look so tender and pretty.

Beth said...

Delicious, and not so difficult! I've been thinking about making filled pasta again. My family loves it!

Winnie said...

I should not have seen this delicious dish now. It's almost midnight here and my mouth is watering.
I loooooooooooooove this.
And I know my other-half would love this too.

Ann said...

Nope, still have some turkey left. This looks really good. Maybe that will be tomorrow nights turkey meal...lol

lindsey said...

This looks wonderful...I love pasta!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Um...these look so good they should be illegal

Susan said...

Hi LDH...I think your hubs is the luckiest guy around. You are just a marvelous cook!

You know, I think I'm going to try those chicken roll ups. Today when I was in the supermarket, I bought the lasagna noodles. That's a start, right? Ha

Thanks for your visit and comment, too! Love having you stop by. Susan

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Mouth-watering dish, Lorraine! I am so ready for a change of pace after eating leftovers for the last few days.

I love my FoodSaver but there are some foods that are just problematic. Great idea to freeze them first. I love days when I can pull a simple meal out of the freezer!

Optimistic Existentialist said...


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment! May I become your newest follower? :)

EMMA said...

These look like a lot of work, but I'm sure it's worth it as they sound delicious. My kids might enjoy filling up the shells.


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