Easy Four Cheese Baked Stuffed Shells
Easy Four Cheese Stuffed Shells are a terrific and straightforward weeknight dinner whose ingredients and basic preparation don't get much simpler.

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Dinner simply doesn’t get easier than Easy Four Cheese Stuffed Shells. 

 

Easy Four Cheese Baked Stuffed Shells are a terrific and straightforward weeknight dinner whose ingredients and basic preparation don’t get much simpler. I begin with jumbo pasta shells and stuff them with a smooth, velvety four cheese filling which I flavor with whatever fresh herbs I have an abundance of, and then bake them to pure excellence. There is something comforting and uplifting about a complete and home-cooked meal that surfaces in large part, if not all, from your own pantry. Easy Four Cheese Baked Stuffed Shells feature a whole mess of cheesy goodness and are a highlight to my homemade marinara sauce. Mix together an interesting salad and serve alongside some rustic bread. It’s a proud feeling. I don’t know why, it just is.

 

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The filling in these shells is uncomplicated and easily customizable. Need to sneak in some vegetables? No problem. Grated carrot and chopped fresh or frozen spinach are fantastic compliments. Sautéing riced cauliflower with some garlic and olive oil and adding to the marinara is also an excellent notion. Have some extra Italian sausage or ground beef lying around? This recipe is perfect for using it up. You can either cook it and mix it into the marinara or simply add it to the cheese filling before stuffing the shells. Easy Four Cheese Baked Stuffed Shells are versatile and can be as unique as you.

 

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Easy Four Cheese Baked Stuffed Shells

Easy Four Cheese Stuffed Shells are a terrific and straightforward weeknight dinner whose ingredients and basic preparation don't get much simpler.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: comfort food, easy, fresh, Italian food, kid friendly, pasta, quick, riccotta cheese, under an hour, weeknight
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces jumbo shells use entire box (12oz) to serve 8
  • 1 jar favorite pasta sauce I am using Stonewall Kitchen's Roasted Garlic Basil sauce
  • 1 1/3 cups fresh Ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese divided
  • 1 cup grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese divided
  • 4 tablespoons assortment of chopped fresh herbs parsley, basil, oregano,

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cook pasta in boiling water for 9 minutes. Drain and cool on a sheet pan. Set aside.
  • Mix together the Ricotta, Mascarpone, half the Parmigiano, half the Mozzarella, the chopped herbs, and salt and pepper. Fill the shells. Some prefer to pipe the filling into each shell, I prefer to spoon.
  • Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish; add half the sauce. Arrange the shells (opening up), cover with the remaining sauce, Mozzarella and Parmigiano.
  • Bake covered in the oven for 30 minutes.

Notes

If you're looking for a mascarpone substitute and you need an alternative, replace with one of these options:
 
Blend 8 ounces softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup whipping cream, OR, blend 8 ounces softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup softened butter and 1/4 cup cream.
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