This is two very different stuffed shell recipes made from one basic recipe. I use leftover meat from the week to make this recipe. They can be a meal or an appetizer. It adds variety to a meal and can also be made meatless by adding water chestnuts or other vegetables. Serve with Caesar salad and a loaf of hot crusty garlic bread or sticks for dunking.

Suz

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the shell pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 13 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in the ground beef. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease.

  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray 2 9x13-inch baking dishes with cooking spray. Combine the 2 cups mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, spinach, and pesto together in a bowl.

  • Stir half of the cheese-spinach mixture into the cooked beef. Season with garlic powder. Spread about 1 cup spaghetti sauce into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Stuff 12 pasta shells with the beef and cheese mixture, then arrange in the baking dish. Top with the remaining spaghetti sauce, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

  • Mix the remaining spinach-cheese mixture with ham and crab. Stuff the last 12 pasta shells with the ham mixture, and arrange in another 9x13-inch baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray. Pour the alfredo sauce on top, then sprinkle with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

  • Bake both casseroles in the preheated oven until the cheese melts and the sauce is bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

631 calories; protein 36.3g; carbohydrates 41.2g; fat 35.8g; cholesterol 105mg; sodium 1562.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (7)

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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2012
Loved it and I only did the beef mixture! I needed to use up left over bratwurst so I substituted that for the ground beef and it was great and easy too. I had no pesto but was still great. Will make the second casserole next time thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/16/2014
I made only the ham/crab dish last night kiddos loved it grownups thought it could have used some more flavor. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2012
Loved it and I only did the beef mixture! I needed to use up left over bratwurst so I substituted that for the ground beef and it was great and easy too. I had no pesto but was still great. Will make the second casserole next time thanks! Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
08/21/2011
I loved this recipe! I made both at the same time and froze one so I didn't have to cook on another night. Big plus for a busy mom of twins! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2015
This is a lot of work but worth it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2019
Great recipe, I added Asiago as well added to the flavour. Next time I’d make the Alfredo sauce on my own with cream and chicken bouillon as the Alfredo sauce in a jar is never the same. Otherwise was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2019
I just made the beef mixture and I did 3 different sauces! Marinara Alfredo and Vodka! So good! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2019
It was excellent my family really enjoyed it. I topped the crab and ham shells with breadcrumbs instead of more cheese. Just watch the salt in the hand ones other than that it was awesome.? Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/16/2014
I made only the ham/crab dish last night kiddos loved it grownups thought it could have used some more flavor. Read More
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