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Stuffed Shells with Marinara image

Remember: If the shells are perfectly cooked in the first step, they'll be mushy and flabby after baking.

Categories     Bon Appétit     Dinner     Pasta     Ricotta     Vegetarian     Parmesan     Mozzarella     Cheese     Tomato     Bake

Yield 8 servings

Number Of Ingredients 8

12 ounces jumbo pasta shells
2 large egg yolks
1 large egg
2 cups whole-milk fresh ricotta
3 ounces Parmesan, finely grated, plus more for serving
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
8 ounces low-moisture mozzarella, coarsely grated, divided
3 cups Classic Marinara Sauce, divided


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook shells in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente; drain. Run under cold water to stop the cooking and drain again.
  • Lightly whisk egg yolks and egg in a large bowl. Stir in ricotta, Parmesan, parsley, and 1 1/2 cups mozzarella; season with salt and pepper. Transfer filling to a large resealable plastic bag.
  • Spread 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce in a 13x9" baking dish. Snip off 1 end of plastic bag and, working one at a time, squeeze filling into shells, arranging them in a single layer in baking dish as you go. Top with remaining 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce and remaining mozzarella. Cover pan tightly with foil and bake shells until sauce is bubbling throughout, 35-40 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes.
  • Carefully move rack to top of oven and heat broiler. Uncover pasta and broil until lightly browned on top, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with oregano and more Parmesan and drizzle with oil.
  • Do Ahead
  • Pasta can be baked 3 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill. Reheat, covered, at 375°F.

Top Asked Questions

How do you make homemade stuffed shells?
How to make Stuffed ShellsPartially cook the shells: We undercook the shells to keep them firm enough to stuff. ...Prepare the cheese filling: The cheese filling is as simple as grating cheese and mixing it together. ...Stuff the shells: Transfer the cheese mixture to a bag and pipe the filling right into the shells. More items...
What is the best recipe for stuffed shells?
How to make Stuffed ShellsPrepare the tomato sauce by following this recipe here. ...Boil the shells for eight minutes – one minute shy of al dente. ...Fit a large pastry bag with a wide-open tip.Mix the ricotta with mozzarella, Parmesan, eggs, herbs and spices, then spoon it into the prepared pastry bag.Pipe each shell with about two ounces of filling each. ... More items...
How to make easy stuffed shells?
How to make stuffed shellsTo begin with, fill a large pot with 5 L of water and bring it to a boil. ...Drain well in a colander and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process and so you can handle them without getting burned.Next, place the shells on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet to prevent them from sticking to each other. More items...
What else to serve with stuffed shells?
the obvious which is normally served on the side with any kind of pasta - including stuffed shells - tossed green salad. You could have cole-slaw instead. OR a Waldorf salad might work too.

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