This recipe was given to me by my sister-in-law and it became an instant hit in my family and with friends. It's a slight twist on the classic stuffed shells recipe, using canned tomatoes and Cheddar cheese sauce.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr 12 mins
total:
1 hr 42 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta shells; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain.

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef, onion, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic; cook and stir until browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain excess grease.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Combine ground beef mixture, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, egg, Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stuff each pasta shell with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the mixture.

  • Mix pasta sauce with water together in a bowl.

  • Spread 1/3 of the sauce in the bottom of a large baking pan. Top with 1/2 of the tomatoes. Arrange stuffed shells on top. Pour remaining sauce and tomatoes over the shells. Cover with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly, about 40 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle 2 tablespoons Cheddar cheese on top. Continue baking until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use a 15-ounce container of ricotta cheese if you don't want to overstuff the shells.

Nutrition Facts

429 calories; protein 28.2g; carbohydrates 37.5g; fat 18.1g; cholesterol 90.6mg; sodium 708.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2016
I didn't stuff the shells just threw everything together and into the oven for almost an hour. Added shredded cheese on top to give that melted cheese flavor.. came out great Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2016
I didn't stuff the shells just threw everything together and into the oven for almost an hour. Added shredded cheese on top to give that melted cheese flavor.. came out great Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2018
On my second attempt I made it different I added mozzarella cheese and without the egg and instead of cheese on top I did homemade Alfredo sauce and mozzarella cheese. Parsley for finished touch. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2020
I didn’t have ricotta cheese so I substituted it with about 1 1/2 cups of Mayo. made a double batch so I can freeze one for later. The first dish is in the oven now but sampling the mixture I think it tastes great. We will see if my young boys and hubby like it. Crossing my fingers! I also didn’t drain my tomatos and added them to the mix because I didn’t read the recipe. Hand to forehead! Read More
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