Stuffed Shells ~ meat and cheese, an awesome Freezer Meal!


Stuffed Shells ~  PERFECT Freezer Meal

Oh my, have I told you how I think I was an Old Italian Woman in a previous life?  There is nothing I like better than making an awesome Italian meal!  This is a family favorite that is always part of our big feasts.   

I like to make ‘sauce’, some homemade meatballs and this exact dish…  I usually double or triple this recipe so I can have bags in the freezer!  I freeze the prepared (filled) shells before baking – and with the sauce separate, then simply thaw overnight in the fridge.   

Here’s how I roll….


  •          12 jumbo pasta shells
  •          1 lb. ground meat (we like ground beef and Italian sausage, mixed)
  •          1 tsp. minced garlic
  •          1- 15 oz. container ricotta cheese
  •          1 c. and 1/2 c. shredded cheese (divided) – provolone, mozzarella, swiss – any combo…
  •          ¼ c. grated Parmesan
  •          1 egg
  •          1 tsp. each dried parsley and basil leaves
  •          Dash of salt and pepper
  •          1 c. and  ½ c. sauce (divided)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook shells – per box directions, drain, and set aside. 

Fry meat with the garlic, drain. 


Beat egg in a bowl, then combine ricotta cheese, 1 c. shredded cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, parsley, basil, salt and pepper in bowl.  Stir until well mixed. 


Fold in meat.  Fill shells with ‘cheesey goodness’ mixture. 

Spread ½ c. sauce on bottom of 8” square (or round – LOL) baking pan and place shells inside.  Spread remaining 1 c. sauce over shells.  Cover with foil.

Bake, covered, for 30 minutes.  Uncover and continue baking for 15-20 minutes more, until sauce bubbles.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with ½ c. remaining shredded cheese.   Return to oven for about 1-2 minutes (maybe broil) until cheese is melted.

Serve with salad and crusty bread, maybe a little extra sauce for dipping… outta this world!!


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Posted on January 22, 2014, in Meals. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Yummers!! That looks and sounds awesome Michelle! My kids loved shells!! ♥

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