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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.
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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 servings
Calories: 1115kcal

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    Ingredients for Easy Four Cheese Baked Stuffed Shells

    • 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,


    • 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.


    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.


    Serving: 1serving | Calories: 1115kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 81g | Saturated Fat: 50g | Cholesterol: 216mg | Sodium: 1778mg | Potassium: 831mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3587IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 943mg | Iron: 3mg

    Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.