4 Cheese Stuffed Shells

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Salt
  • 8 pieces jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 1/2 pounds ricotta cheese or part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 pound mozzarella, diced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 cup shredded Asiago
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 or 7 leaves fresh basil, torn or shredded
Directions

Preheat oven or broiler to 450 degrees F.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt water and add pasta. Cook shells 12 to 15 minutes, they should be softened but still undercooked at the center. Drain pasta and cool.

Combine ricotta, 1/2 of the diced mozzarella, a couple of handfuls of Parmigiano and 1/2 of the Asiago. Add parsley to the cheeses and stir to combine.

To a small saucepot over moderate heat add oil, garlic and onions. Saute onions and garlic 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and season sauce with salt and pepper. Simmer sauce 5 minutes and stir in basil leaves

Pour a little sauce into the bottom of a shallow medium sized casserole dish. Fill shells with rounded spoonfuls of cheese mixture and arrange them seam side down in casserole dish. Top shells with remaining sauce and remaining mozzarella and Asiago cheeses. Place shells in very hot oven or 8 inches from hot broiler and cook 6 to 8 minutes to melt cheeses and bubble sauce.


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First of all, the proportions are TOTALLY off. RR calls for eight jumbo shells; I used half of a brand-name package which ended up being 24 jumbo shells, which was the perfect amount. It ended up being enough to make two meals for a family of three. I would also be careful to look at the package directions for the pasta before cooking it-- this recipe said 10-12 minutes, or until they were still a little underdone. My package said that 8 minutes made perfect pasta, so I cooked it for 6 and it came out perfectly. Overall, the recipe itself was pretty good. It does not call for seasoning the filling at all, which I think is a huge mistake. I used about a teaspoon of salt and about half that of pepper, and it still seemed a little under for my taste. I wasn't a huge fan of the chunks of mozzarella in the filling-- next time I'll just use shredded. Overall, I think I'd rather tweak and use my own recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this recipe. It is a nice meatless dish and the shells have a ton of flavor. For the comments that dont favor the sauce, it is a delicious recipe even in you change the sauce. On nights with limited time I used jarred sauce (usually Rao's marina) and it is amazing. Also maybe try adding some red pepper flakes to the sauce to give it a little spice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The "8 pieces jumbo pasta shells" is clearly a typo. This recipe makes about 2 dozen stuffed shells. I used shredded mozz instead of cubed but aside from that I followed this recipe exactly including the sauce, and my husband and I thought it was delicious. I baked them for about 15 mins at 450 and the last 2 mins on broil. Super easy, and I will definitely be making this again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am glad I did not read the reviews prior to making this recipe. Both me and my fiancé are very disappointed. We thought we could not go wrong with a Rachael Ray recipe. Although the recipe was easy, we felt that it was bland and needed something more in the sauce. Afterwards I read the reviews, and the first thing that I noticed is that everyone loved it but SECOND no one followed the recipe to a T, mainly buying store bought sauce. The very point of my contention. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A good traditional recipe. Comfort food and party food for any occasion. Lip smackin' good item not reviewed by moderator and published
The words from my fiance was "out of this world". They really were delicious and i am asked to make these all the time. They are easy to make and worth the time to make the sauce on your own. Yum-o! item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUMMY! This is a great recipe. It's noticeably much better than using jarred pasta sauce, but still very simple and quick. I used a 3 cheese blend of parm, asiago, and romano and it worked well. Next time I would add more garlic because I'm big on garlic, but this is my go-to recipe now for stuffed shells! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didnt have asiago cheese, but i used everything else and it came out GREAT! definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very easy to make though there was a LOT of filling left over. I added spinach and instead of using parmegiano reggiano I used a pre-grated mixture of parmesan, asiago and romano that I found in the deli section of my local grocery store. I also used pre-grated mozzarella. I do not advise cooking it under the broiler, either-when I checked its progress I found to my dismay that the cheese on top was burnt! Luckily not too badly. It could be my oven but to be on the safe side I won't use the broiler next time. I made way too many shells, as well, so I stuffed them and put them in the freezer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thought everything came together well. The sauce came out great and it was super easy. I added a little more seasonings than suggested including oregano. Also extra garlic. Would make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved this recipe! Great dish for friends and family that are vegetarians. I have added cooked hot Italian sausage to the cheese mixture which makes it taste a little like lasagna. We make two pans and freeze the other for a fast dinner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it! Easy, fast and delicious!!!!! Best stuffed shells ever!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! Very easy to make and my family loves it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum yum yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was ok...nothing super awesome. I cut the filling recipe in half to make for two people and I had enough to make about 13 shells. I disliked that the recipe called for cups of one cheese and pounds of another. It's not fun doing measurement conversions while you're trying to get dinner ready! Also, for the mozzarella cheese I just bought a block of kraft cheese and diced up half of it. Very very cheesy recipe...take a lactaid if you have issues with dairy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great taste and super easy! Definitely agree that you should up the quantity of shells because the mixture makes a TON of filling! Its been a hit so far! Going to make it soon with turkey sausage added in! :) Yum-O! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good overall recipe. Cheese mix is wonderful! It could be used for lasagna or any other cheese filled pasta. I also agree, the amount of cheese was excessive. I doubled the recipe for 25 people and could have fed 50. The sauce is a great vegetarian option that can be easily manipulated to fit any taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy recipe to make however I have much more stuffing left over ..enough to make up to 20 shells. I have had several family members ask for this and request me to make it at family events item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was a huge hit with my wife. She declared it to be her new favorite. I agree with the other reviewers: use more shells - at least 12. (which worked for the two of us). And if you don't eat it all, even the leftovers are great! Thank you, Rachael. item not reviewed by moderator and published
As a single mother of five children. it is so difficult to take 4 fours to make homemade dishes. I have used this recipe several times and it is one of my family's favorite dishes. I had lost the recipe for awhile and my children were so upset. I am so glad that I found it again. It is so easy to follow and even add your own ingredients which does not hamper this recipe at all! The end result is an excellent dish that tastes like it took you four hours but only took 40 minutes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this pasta! It was so easy to make and it turned out incredible. I made it last night for my boyfriend and we both agreed it was DELICIOUS!! I will definitely be recommending this one to friends and family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a chef by any means but this recipe was ridiculously easy and DELICIOUS! As everyone else has been saying, it makes way more than 8. I made 20+ shells. It was a good thing though because my boyfriend ate 9! He loved them. I made a meat sauce and my local grocery store didn't have all the cheeses so I substitued cheddar in there because it's my fave. Came out PERFECT!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last week. Very easy and very tastey!! Thanks for a great recipe Laura, St. Clair Shores, MI item not reviewed by moderator and published
the recipe was amazing. I'll tell you this much it is really quick. we used store bought tomato sauce, and added egg to the cheese mix so everything could bind. Then we just baked it all for 20 minutes in the oven on 350 covered with foil, took it off and let it bake the cheese on top another 5. by the way, it used an entire box of rigatoni jumbo shells to give you an idea when gauging. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good dish - I added sausage to the filling and some to the sauce, overall it was a big hit!! It does take longer then 10 mins to heat the entire dish however. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has become a family favorite! I have made it many times now and I don't think I could make shells any other way. The only thing I did different was I used my own sauce. Fantastic!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved this recipe. we used store bought pasta sauce. What I would add is that you definitely need more than 8 shells and it took much longer than 10 minutes to heat the entire dish so we needed to lower the dish to a lower shelf in the oven so it didn't burn the cheese on top. item not reviewed by moderator and published
While the overall taste of this dish was good, it was so, so salty! Is there a way to de-salinate it now that it's made? item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved this recipe!!!! I rinsed the noodles to cool so my three year old could help stuff them. He had a blast!!! Instead of making my tomato sauce we used a good quality store bought and also served them with a rotisserie chicken. It made a great quick meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a fast and easy recipe. However, you will need more than 8 shells. This was great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really wonderful! It tastes somewhat like lasagna but it looks just beautiful in it's dish. I had a hard time finding some of the cheeses. I used Prego for sauce instead of the homemade kind. Delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These stuffed shells really hit the spot when I wanted a quick pasta dish. The cheeses blended perfectly and the sauce was basic and yummy. The filling was enough for a lot more than 8 shells tho. I will definitely make this again! Great as leftovers too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great fresh flavor and the mix of cheeses went well together. Make sure to constantly stir the oil, garlic and onion mixture, it started to burn alittle on the edges before 5min. Also check the shells before you serve them. Mine needed to be cooked alittle longer, but I didn't realize because the top was really hot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Only issue we had was not cooking the shells quite enough. There is a fine line between not done enough and too soft to stuff. We also did 12 jumbo shells instead of 8 (3 per person) which was good because otherwise there was too much cheese mixture. Chopped Broccoli was a nice side dish to go along with this. We topped it with some of the extra sauce. You'll get your vegetable servings in with this combination! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved the stuffed shells, they were easy to make and were delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My 14 yr. old son made this for the family. Let me tell you, this dish was excellant. We made a double batch of the ricotta cheese mixture thinking we'd use it later and add ground turkey to it and stuff in some manicotti. It was WAY TOO MUCH. Next time we'll just make a single recipe and we will still have leftovers. The sauce is superb and oh so simple. By the way, the addition of browned ground turkey mixed into the cheese mixture was fantastic ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
it tasted great! the recipe had a lot of left over mixture, you could almost double the amount of shells you use. easy and everyone loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make, changed one of the cheeses but still very tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The combination of all of the cheeses is wonderful! I make these all the time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
t hought the flavors were fantastic item not reviewed by moderator and published
This one of my faves from Rachael Ray. You can never have to much cheese!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent recipe. my family loves it. it's easy to make and i can freeze extras for another time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great taste and easy to follow directions item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family is very picky and they love this meal....GOOD JOB item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made it for a sunday football dinner the day before and my kids and company inhaled them without leaving leftovers that I had planned on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are awesome and very simple to make. The family Loved this dish a lot item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for my mother's birthday dinner, and it was so delicious! A real crowd-pleaser, and stuffing the shells was a fun mother-daughter activity. Even the little ones got in on the action! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I also had to increase the number of shells - I think I ended up with about 14 total. I used the extra cheese mixture to put in with the tomato sauce to add even more cheese to the experience. They really are better after sitting overnight - next time I will put them together and bake them the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first attempt at making stuffed shells. It came out delicious!! My family loved it, and I will definitely make it again. Great recipe and its quick and easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We cooked this as part of our neighbourhood food exchange - and it was delicious. We couldn't find really big shells - so we used medium sized ones, they worked fine. We had tons of filling and found we made up more shells than we expected and then had to make some extra sauce to cover. It was well-received by everyone in our food exchange. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent results, it was simple and grat blend of cheeses. My older kids loved it and polished if off in no time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very easy and tasted wonderful! My friend just had her second baby and I made this for her and her family. They loved it too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wanted to make dinner for my cousin's birthday and stuffed shells are her favorite. I chose Rachel Ray's recipe because it was simple. I doubled the recipe as I was having a large gathering. I ended up with enough cheese mixture to make 24 shells, so keep that in mind when buying ingredients. They turned out wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy to make and it tasted so good. It's one of my husbands favorites! Took me a little longer than 30 minutes, but it was well worth the wait. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really enjoyed these and easy to make too. Simplified by using my own favorite premade sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I got alot of complements about this dish. My mom even said that it was better then her lasagna that the whole family loves. What she liked about it too was that there wasn't as many leftovers compared to her dish. That means that with this dish we had about 1 or 2 servings left compared to half a bakeing dish full of leftovers item not reviewed by moderator and published
The basil makes the difference! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved this dish. next time I will use the shredded mozzarella cheese the cubes did not melt like I wanted them too. I will also use more fresh basil next time too. This was a fast, easy, fun dinner. I'm so glad I tried it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
good and quick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love the sauce she uses for this dish. I add spinach to mine; fill the shells with half cheese and half spinach mixture. delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is unbelieveably easy, affordable, and oh so good. I entertained with this and really wowed people. Yummo! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great dish, you can get creative and add many other chopped veggies inside! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved how easy this recipe was. It gave the impression of slaving in the kitchen, but it cooked up in 30 minutes. I'm all for that. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves this recipe! The blend of four cheeses makes it rich and delicious. The homemade sauce is quick and easy, and could be used with a variety of pasta dishes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like this one quite a bit. Very filling. I found that I had quite a bit of sauce left over. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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I have been making stuffed shells for years and these blow them away! Wonderful for family and friends item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had great expectations for this recipe because, who doesn't love Rachael's stuff? Come on! They're always YUMMO... but this one... not so much. I think it needed the addition of the egg in the cheese. It tasted okay. But not as great as her other recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for my family and they absolutely loved it! It was so easy to cook and so incredibly good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Even my 8 and 11 year old boys loved this! The recipe makes far more than 8 shells, for 2 people, you could easily halve the filling and sauce recipe. I added ground beef for a meat sauce and it was excellent! item not reviewed by moderator and published
great item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this dish several times and every time it is a crowd pleaser. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is pretty good, but the cost of the cheeses is too expensive for me. I won't be making this dish again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The stuffing was perfect for manicotti - works a great deal easier for a large crowd. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I really enjoyed these stuffed shells. They tasted even better reheated as leftovers the second day. I will make again. Thanks, Rachael! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a real tasty dish. I even substituted non fat ricotta and it was fantastic. Family pleaser for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a delicious recipe. I love everything that rachel does. but, it took a lot longer than 30 min. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty and quick to make. I might add some ground beef or chicken next time. I stirred in some Italian seasonings with the ricotta cheese.. and served with Italian foccaccia bread. Tasty :o) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful match of cheeses, and the sauce was just as good as one in the jar on the shelves at the grocery store. I even think this meal might been good with Italian sasuage added if you like a little meat with your meals. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For someone like me, who cant even boil water...this is an easy and quick and more importantly yummy dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The sauce was a bit of a let down, and the cheese overpowered everything. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First a proper sauce needs longer then 20 minutes time to cook. There was just not enough cooking time for the flavor to develope and it left the sauce thin and too sweet. If time were really of the esscence you would be better off using a jarred sauce- granted it would still be vile but it would be less vile then the recipe as is. Also the Asiago cheese just does not work. It lends a sharpness that is best described as ripe feet. I love Asiago but not here. Surely this recipe was meant as a tongue in cheek joke to real stuffed shell recipes such as those made by Mario Bateli? item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were the worst stuffed shells I ever made, according to my large family. Oh well, I tried to do something different. Boy, was it an expensive waste with the price of the cheeses. This mixture of cheeses was far too salty, the recipe uses too much basil, and any stuffed shell dish is best if allowed time to properly bake in the oven rather than doing this quick broil method she always does just to make it a thirty minute meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This meal was great. The filling actually ended up being enough for more than 8 jumbo shells (I made 18 with still more left over). item not reviewed by moderator and published
I couldnt get jumbo shells in my grocery store so I used manicotti instead - It was YUMMY!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe turned out WAY better than what I've had in gourmet Italian restaurants!! We marvelled throughout the entire meal...amazing flavor. I cannot wait to serve this the next time I entertain. (I slightly modified the sauce by adding oregano & stewed tomatoes; I chose the following cheeses: ricotta, creamy New England style cottage cheese, mozzarella, parm-reggiano, and a small amt. of shredded asiago/provolone/mozzarella/parm-reggiano item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, easy, and delicious! I too used a jar of pasta sauce instead of the tomatoes and it still turned out great! Will definitely be making this again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my Italian grandfather and we both agreed - this was a tasteless mess. Even the good cheeses were destroyed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best stuffed shells I have ever had! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made it for a dinner party, everyone loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this, but I do recommend shredding the mozz cheese so it melts evenly. Loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I brought them to my sisters for Christmas and everyone raved about them item not reviewed by moderator and published
These shells are easy to make and very tasty. They do not take long to make. The recipe makes way too much cheese mixture though, so cut back on that or prepare two batches of shells. I used a canned tomato sauce instead of making the sauce from the crushed tomatos, for added simplicity. item not reviewed by moderator and published
ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS !! I cooked the onion, garlic, and olive oil mixture about 8 minutes because I added peeled, devained shrimp. I also added a small can of Tomato Sauce to the sauce to give it a little more thickness. I could not find the 8 large pasta shells in the grocery store so I used Rigatoni noodles. That made it a little more time consuming when it came to stuffing them, but not too bad. I will probably still use them again because they were bite-size. And I even had enough stuffed pasta to freeze for another meal. Very good and easy !! We really enjoyed it !! I highly recommend this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe at home for my husband and me, and we both thought it was great. I added some precooked shrimp to the recipe and it was wonderful!! Rachel Ray is brilliant item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this! The sauce was very easy and quick. I did add italian sausage to the sauce and it made a whole pan full of shells. My husband thought it was great, I will be making this one again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family really enjoyed the 4 cheese stuffed shells. Fairly simple dish to prepare, and goes well with a salad and garlic bread! Another awesome recipe Rachael. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for a friend who doesn't eat meat. I made two so that she could take it home for her and her teenage son...let's just say that there weren't any leftovers. Between us that them we devoured them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never thought that I could make something that tastes so good that quickly. I never cook, I always eat out because I have no time, but this recipe inspired me to cook at home. It was quick and delicious and more important I know what ingredients went into it's preparation. THANK YOU item not reviewed by moderator and published

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