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Ooey-Gooey Cheesy Stuffed Shells

Cheesy Stuffed Shells With My Secret Tomato Sauce

Amanda Haas


Who doesn't love stuffed shells? Loaded with cheese and tomato sauce, this pasta dish is a total crowd-pleaser. To change it up, you can add a little ground beef or different herbs to the sauce. Also, it's easy to double the recipe and freeze one batch.

Ooey-Gooey Cheesy Stuffed Shells


  1. For My Secret Tomato Sauce:
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    4 canned anchovy fillets in oil, drained
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    2 (14-1/2-ounce) cans no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and finely chopped
  1. For the Shells:
    30 uncooked jumbo shell pasta (about 8 ounces)
    4 ounces (1 cup) shredded 6-cheese Italian-blend cheese, divided
    8 ounces (2 cups) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
    1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
    1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 (15-ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese
    Cooking spray
    3 cups My Secret Tomato Sauce or bottled pasta sauce


For My Secret Tomato Sauce:

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add anchovy fillets and garlic; cook 2 minutes, pressing anchovy fillets with the back of a spoon until smooth.
  2. Stir in salt and remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer; cook, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

For the Shells:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cook pasta in boiling water 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain.
  3. Combine 1/2 cup Italian-blend cheese and next 6 ingredients (through ricotta) in a bowl. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese mixture into each pasta shell. Place shells, stuffed sides up, in a 13-by-9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour sauce over shells. Cover and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Italian-blend cheese. Bake 5 minutes or until cheese melts.

Amanda Haas is a cookbook author, cooking video host, and the founder of One Family One Meal, a website that helps families menu plan, grocery shop, and cook on a budget. Her cookbook, Real Family Food, features this and other delicious family-friendly recipes, as well as simple tips for bringing your family together around the table and a strategy for meal planning, budgeting, and shopping.

Image Source: Photo by Jim Bathie
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