Mint Ricotta Stuffed Shells Recipe

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Todd Published: March 22, 2021 Modified: June 1, 2021

How To Make Mint Ricotta Stuffed Shells

These satisfying stuffed shells are packed with a creamy mint-infused stuffing and baked in a meaty, savory tomato sauce. Top with handfuls of cheese!

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 6ozjumbo shell pasta,(½ standard box)

For Sauce:

  • 1tbspextra virgin olive oil
  • ½lbmild Italian sausage,out of casing
  • 1cupfinely chopped onion
  • 2clovesgarlic,(about 2 tsp), minced
  • 1cantomatoes,crushed
  • ¼cupparsley,chopped, packed
  • ¼cupwater
  • ½tspsalt
  • ½tspblack pepper

For Mint Ricotta Stuffing:

  • 16ozricotta cheese
  • 1egg,lightly beaten
  • 1cupmint,(1 bunch), leaves only, chopped
  • 1ozgrated Parmesan cheese,(¼ cup)
  • ½tspsalt
  • ½tsppepper

For Topping:

  • 1ozgrated Parmesan cheese,(¼ cup)
  • 4ozgrated mozzarella cheese,(1 cup)

Instructions

  1. Bring 2 quarts of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the jumbo shells and cook until flexible but still quite firm (about 9 minutes if using Barilla shells). The shells should be undercooked at this point so they will be firm enough to stuff; they will continue to cook when baking the pasta dish.

  2. Drain in a colander and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking. Separate the shells so that they aren’t folded into each other.

  3. While the shells are cooking start on the sauce. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium-high heat. Break up the sausage with fingers while adding it to the pan.

  4. Cook the sausage just until still a little pink, then add the finely chopped onions. Cook for a few minutes until the onions are translucent.

  5. Use a wooden spoon to break up the chunks of sausage into smaller bits. Add the garlic and cook a half minute more.

  6. Add the canned crushed tomatoes and all of their juices to the sausage and onions. Add water (or add water to the can, swirl it around to get what’s left of the tomato juice in the can), chopped parsley, salt, and pepper.

  7. Taste the sauce. If it tastes too acidic (this can happen, depending on the acidity of the tomatoes) add a teaspoon of sugar to balance the acidity.

  8. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to the lowest temperature to keep the sauce warm while working on stuffing the shells.

  9. In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta, chopped mint, egg, salt, and pepper.

  10. Use a spoon to stuff about a heaping tablespoon of mint ricotta stuffing into each of the pasta shells.

  11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat the bottom of a 9×13-inch casserole dish with a little less than half of the sauce.

  12. Arrange the stuffed shells on top of the sauce. Cover with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and grated mozzarella.

  13. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degrees F oven.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 518.87kcal
  • Fat: 32.34g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.69g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 12.18g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.64g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.78g
  • Fiber: 2.99g
  • Sugar: 2.92g
  • Protein: 27.09g
  • Cholesterol: 117.19mg
  • Sodium: 646.10mg
  • Calcium: 444.37mg
  • Potassium: 441.15mg
  • Iron: 3.55mg
  • Vitamin A: 204.40µg
  • Vitamin C: 10.85mg

How To Make Mint Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 6ozjumbo shell pasta,½ standard box

For Sauce:

  • 1tbspextra virgin olive oil
  • ½lbmild Italian sausage,out of casing
  • 1cupfinely chopped onion
  • 2clovesgarlic,(about 2 tsp), minced
  • 1cantomatoes,crushed
  • ¼cupparsley,chopped, packed
  • ¼cupwater
  • ½tspsalt
  • ½tspblack pepper

For Mint Ricotta Stuffing:

  • 16ozricotta cheese
  • 1egg,lightly beaten
  • 1bunch of mint,(about 1 cup packed), leaves only, chopped
  • 1ozgrated parmesan cheese,(¼ cup)
  • ½tspsalt
  • ½tsppepper

To Top:

  • 1ozgrated parmesan cheese,(¼ cup)
  • 4ozgrated mozzarella cheese,(1 cup)

Instructions

  1. Pre-cook jumbo shells very al dente: Bring 2 quarts of salted water to a rolling boil (1 Tbsp salt). Add the jumbo shells and cook until flexible but still quite firm (about 9 minutes if using Barilla shells). You want to undercook the shells at this point so they will be firm enough to stuff; they will continue to cook when you bake the pasta dish. Drain in a colander and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking. Separate the shells so that they aren’t folded into each other.

  2. Brown the sausage, onions, garlic: While the shells are cooking start on the sauce. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat. Break up the sausage with your fingers as you add it to the pan. Cook the sausage just until still a little pink, then add the finely chopped onions. Cook for a few minutes until the onions are translucent. Use a wooden spoon to break up the chunks of sausage into smaller bits. Add the garlic and cook a half minute more.

  3. Add tomatoes, water, parsley, salt, pepper: Add the canned crushed tomatoes and all of their juices to the sausage and onions. Add water (you can add water to the can, swirl it around to get what’s left of the tomato juice in the can), chopped parsley, salt and pepper. Taste the sauce. If it tastes too acidic (this can happen, depending on the acidity of the tomatoes) you might want to add a teaspoon of sugar to balance the acidity. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to the lowest temperature to keep the sauce warm while you work on stuffing the shells.

  4. Make mint ricotta stuffing: In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta, chopped mint, egg, salt, and pepper.

  5. Stuff the shells: Use a spoon to stuff about a heaping tablespoon of mint ricotta stuffing into each of the pasta shells.

  6. Layer sauce, shells, cheese in casserole dish: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish with a little less than half of the sauce. Arrange the stuffed shells on top of the sauce. Cover with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and grated Mozzarella.

  7. Bake: Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes in a 350°F oven.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 514.38kcal
  • Fat: 32.27g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.67g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 12.18g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.60g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.92g
  • Fiber: 2.30g
  • Sugar: 2.92g
  • Protein: 26.76g
  • Cholesterol: 117.19mg
  • Sodium: 643.04mg
  • Calcium: 424.07mg
  • Potassium: 394.43mg
  • Iron: 2.33mg
  • Vitamin A: 183.69µg
  • Vitamin C: 9.49mg
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