Lasagna Stuffed Shells are large shell noodles stuffed with a cheesy ricotta and red sauce filling. Double the recipe to make an extra freezer meal!

Lasagna Stuffed Shells baked in a white casserole dish.

I love the colder weather months that allow us to enjoy some of our comfort food favorites, like these Lasagna Stuffed Shells. These are a family favorite, and a great meal to prep ahead or even freeze!

How to make Lasagna Stuffed Shells:

  • In a large skillet over medium high heat brown the beef and sausage. Remove grease. (Optional: Add meat to a food processor and pulse 2-3 times until the meat is crumbled really small. Return to pan.) Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic and onions and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, water and Italian seasoning. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Taste sauce and more salt and pepper, Italian seasoning or garlic powder, if needed.
  • Meanwhile, cook the jumbo pasta shells according to package instructions, until al-dente. Drain from water and lay out on a large baking sheet to cool, so they don’t stick together.
  • Add the ricotta cheese, egg, 1 cup mozzarella, and ⅓ cup parmesan cheese to a large mixing bowl and mix well to combine.
  • Spread 1 cup of the meat sauce into the bottom of a 9×13” pan. Stuff each cooked shell with a small spoonful of ricotta mixture, then a spoonful of meat mixture and set them face up in a large baking dish.
  • Spoon the remaining red sauce over the top of all of the stuffed shells. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Process photos for cooking the sauce and assembling lasagna stuffed shells in a 9x13 baking pan.

Make ahead and Freezing Instructions:

To Make Ahead: Assemble the entire dish, cover and store in the fridge until ready to bake.

To Freeze: Lasagna stuffed shells makes for an excellent freezer meal.  Assemble the dish following the recipe directions but don’t bake. Consider using a disposable container or aluminum pan.  Once the meal is assembled, cover it with a layer of plastic wrap and then a double layer of aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight, remove plastic wrap, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes covered, then 15 minutes uncovered.

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Recipe

Lasagna Stuffed Shells baked in a white casserole dish.
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
Total 1 hr
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Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounce box Jumbo pasta shells (about 24 shells)
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound jimmy deans ground sausage
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3-4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes , undrained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2-3 teaspoons Italian seasonings , to taste
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese , divided
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese , divided

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet over medium high heat brown the beef and sausage. Remove grease. Add meat to a food processor and pulse 2-3 times until the meat is crumbled really small. Return to pan. Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic and onions and cook for 2-3 minutes. 
    Ground beef cooked with onion in a skillet.
  • Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, water and Italian seasoning. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Taste sauce and more salt and pepper, Italian seasoning or garlic powder, if needed.
    A skillet with ground beef and lasagna sauce ingredients.
  • Meanwhile, cook the jumbo pasta shells according to package instructions, until al-dente. Drain from water and lay out on a large baking sheet to cool, so that they don't stick together.
  • Add the ricotta cheese, egg, 1 cup mozzarella, and ⅓ cup parmesan cheese to a large mixing bowl and mix well to combine.
    Ricotta and parmesan cheese mixed in a bowl.
  • Spread 1 cup of the meat sauce into the bottom of a 9x13'' pan. Stuff each cooked shell with a small spoonful of ricotta mixture, then a spoonful of meat mixture and set them face up in a large baking dish.
  • Spoon the remaining red sauce over the top of all of the stuffed shells. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
    A pan of lasagna stuffed shells with fresh mozzarella on top, ready to go in the oven.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Notes

Vegetarian Stuffed Shells: omit the meat.
Make Ahead Instructions: assemble the entire dish, cover and store in the fridge until ready to bake.
Freezing Instructions: Lasagna stuffed shells makes for an excellent freezer meal.  Assemble the dish following the recipe directions but don't bake. Consider using a disposable container or aluminum pan.  Once the meal is assembled, cover it with a layer of plastic wrap and then a double layer of aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight, remove plastic wrap, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes covered, then 15 minutes uncovered.

Nutrition

Calories: 729kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 39gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 1344mgPotassium: 1157mgFiber: 5gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 2095IUVitamin C: 22.4mgCalcium: 458mgIron: 5.2mg

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I originally shared this recipe December 2015. Updated December 20202.

Lasagna Stuffed Shells | Noodles stuffed with a cheesy lasagna filling, with extra sauce and cheese on top. One of our favorite dinners! | Tastes Better From Scratch

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  1. 5 stars
    You are my first go-to recipe person! Everything I’ve made of yours has been great! Tonight my husband said that this dish was better than anything you can get at an Italian restaurant! I would have to agree. It’s incredible! It is a bit of work to get it all assembled, but easy. Next time I make this I will do a double batch and make one for the freezer or for a friend.

  2. Absolutely LOVE every recipe I’ve made from TBFS!
    Through this site, I’ve learned how much better food is when made from scratch…. Thank you for helping to launch my love of cooking & baking! 😘

    Hubby loathes both ricotta & cottage cheese, so your Traditional lasagne with bechemel white sauce is now his favorite!
    Question: Can I incorporate that bechamel white sauce into this recipe too? If so, would I mix with an egg & still layer the shell in the same order & spoon the “white” creamy (no ricotta) layer first? This idea may be way outside of the 9 dots, but thought I’d ask 🤷‍♀️ Thank you again!

    1. Thanks so much for kind comment; i’m thrilled to have been a small part of your cooking journey.
      You could definitely do that. As you know, that recipe makes a lot of bechemel sauce. i would half it and substitute cup for cup with the ricotta. You don’t need the egg.

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