5-Ingredient Italian Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe by Donna John

5-Ingredient Italian Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe

Stuffed pasta on a weeknight? Yep, because these stuffed shells are so easy to make! Stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta and spinach, this is one pasta recipe you won't soon forget.

This five-ingredient stuffed pasta shells recipe is made with shredded mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, frozen chopped spinach, jumbo pasta shells and a jar of spaghetti sauce. To make the creamy filling, mix together the cheeses and spinach. Season with salt and black pepper, then stuff into cooked pasta shells. Add the spaghetti sauce and bake until hot and bubbly. So quick and easy! 

Be sure to squeeze all the moisture out of the spinach before mixing it with the cheeses. If you prefer fresh spinach, cook it until wilted, let it cool then squeeze out the moisture. Serve these cheesy stuffed shells with a salad or a vegetable. Don't forget the side of garlic bread!

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 package (12 ounces) jumbo pasta shells, cooked and drained
  • 1 jar (28 ounces) spaghetti sauce

Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine the cheeses and spinach in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Spread a little of the pasta sauce on the bottom of a baking dish. 
  3. Stuff the filling into the shells and put into the dish.
  4. Spoon the rest of the sauce over the shells.
  5. Cover with foil and bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 30 minutes. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 

Note: You can pour all of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the baking dish if you prefer. 

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Meredith Schneider
Mmmmm! Love Italian food. Perfect for my family of 6.
Donna John
What a blast from the past! I haven't made this in so long. That needs to change!
Elisa Schmitz
OMGoodness, we love stuffed shells. Haven't made them in years. Thanks for the inspiration!
Another one to add to my list to make. To be honest I have never attempted stuffed shells so this will be new for me. Okay ladies, favorite jarred sauce? Im a Rao's marinara kind of girl when I dont have the time or energy to make my own
Donna John
Rao's in my favorite! I also like Vero Gusto Calabrian Marinara. Good stuff. My husband's favorite is Ragu Parmesan Romano. So I always have an assortment in my pantry. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!Tex

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