Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells Recipe

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells Recipe

How To Make Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells

These stuffed shells are crammed to the brim with three cheeses and spinach, then baked in marinara sauce for a perfectly hearty meal.

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 55 minutes



  • 30jumbo pasta shells,cooked according to directions listed on package
  • 15ozspinach,fresh, steamed just until wilted, squeezed dry with paper towels and chopped
  • 15ozricotta cheese
  • 1large egg
  • 3tbspbasil,fresh chopped
  • 1tsporegano or thyme,fresh chopped
  • 1garlic clove,finely minced
  • 3cupsmozzarella cheese,finely shredded, divided
  • 1cupParmesan cheese,finely shredded
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper,to taste
  • 3cupsmarinara sauce,homemade or store-bought
  • red pepper flakes,optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, using a fork, blend together Ricotta cheese and egg. Stir in basil, thyme and garlic.

  2. Add 2 cups of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and toss mixture to combine. Mix in prepared spinach. Season mixture with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Spread ⅓ cup of marinara sauce into an even layer along bottom of a 13×9-inch baking dish.

  4. Divide cheese mixture among cooked pasta shells, stuffing each shell full with about 2 tablespoons of cheese mixture.

  5. Align shells in baking dish side by side, with the opening of shells facing upright.

  6. Stir red pepper flakes to taste into marinara sauce if desired. Cover shells evenly with remaining marinara sauce then sprinkle tops evenly with remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.

  7. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes



  • Calories: 626.19kcal
  • Fat: 31.19g
  • Saturated Fat: 18.57g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8.72g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.72g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.67g
  • Fiber: 4.27g
  • Sugar: 6.94g
  • Protein: 36.63g
  • Cholesterol: 121.37mg
  • Sodium: 1169.74mg
  • Calcium: 796.96mg
  • Potassium: 743.34mg
  • Iron: 3.11mg
  • Vitamin A: 471.41µg
  • Vitamin C: 13.77mg
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