Cheesy Pasta-Stuffed Shells


What could be better than a cheesy pasta recipe? How about a stuffed shell recipe that fills big pasta shells with a scoop of three cheese-coated macaroni?

Cheesy Pasta-Stuffed Shells
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins


  • 24 dried jumbo shell macaroni

  • 8 ounce dried tiny shell macaroni (2 cups)

  • 2 cup Gruyére cheese, shredded (8 ounces)

  • 2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 ounces)

  • ¾ cup half-and-half or light cream

  • teaspoon ground white pepper or ground black pepper

  • 1 24 ounce jar vodka sauce or your favorite tomato pasta sauce

  • 1 cup shredded brick cheese or mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)

  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook jumbo shells according to package directions. Using a large slotted spoon, transfer shells to a colander. Rinse with cold water; drain well. Set aside. In the same pan, cook tiny shells according to package directions; drain. Set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine Gruyére cheese, cheddar cheese, half-and-half, and pepper. Heat over medium-low heat until cheese melts and is smooth, stirring frequently. Stir in tiny shells.

  3. Spread about 1/2 cup of the vodka sauce into the bottom of a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Spoon the cheese mixture evenly into the drained jumbo shells; place stuffed shells in prepared baking dish. Top with remaining vodka sauce.

  4. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle evenly with brick cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 15 minutes more or until heated through (160°F). If desired, top with fresh basil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

858 Calories
42g Fat
79g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 858
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 25g 125%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 1035mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 79g 29%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 40g
Calcium 868.3mg 67%
Iron 4.1mg 23%
Potassium 217mg 5%
Folate, total 225.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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