Spinach Lasagna Stuffed Shells

Spinach Lasagna Stuffed Shells are tender pasta shells are stuffed with a cheese and spinach filling, smothered in sauce and covered with more cheese. What’s not to love about this simple dinner?

stuffed shells, spinach, basil, red sauce, cheese, black plate

Get all the flavor of a classic lasagna in half the time! Make this dish a full meal by adding a Garden Salad or some Oven Roasted Broccoli and Cheesy Garlic Bread.

My family is crazy about stuffed shells. I don’t know if it’s the cute little individual portions or the cheesy goodness in the filling but they ask for these on a weekly basis. I have quite an affinity for them myself, and make Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells regularly.

Making stuffed pasta shells is a great, hands on recipe that kids can help with. My daughter loves stuffing the shells with the cheesy filling. In fact it’s so simple she could easily make this whole meal on her own.

You can make lasagna stuffed shells year round, but I think they’re especially pretty around the holidays.

How to Make Lasagna Stuffed Shells

  1. Boil pasta shells – You’ll need about 20-25 large pasta shells. I usually cook extra because some can break as you work or even as they cook. How many you actually use depends on how full you fill each one. I usually cook 25 and then my kids eat any that didn’t get stuffed! Because they’ll cook a little more in the oven, you want to boil them about a minute or 2 less than the direction on the package. This will keep them from getting mushy as they bake.
  2. Make the spinach lasagna filling. Mix ricotta cheese and an egg together. The egg helps to bind the whole mixture together. Add some Italian seasonings, Mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and fresh chopped spinach. collage showing how to make spinach lasagna filling
  3. Assemble the stuffed shells. Scoop the filling into the shells, about 2 tablespoons in each one. Spread some pasta sauce on the bottom of a large baking dish and arrange the stuffed shells in the dish. Spoon the rest of the sauce evenly over the top and sprinkle with more shredded cheese.
  4. Bake and serve. Lasagna stuffed shells bake in less than 30 minutes! Bake uncovered and they will get nice and golden brown with little bits of crispy cheese. Garnish with some fresh basil leaves or minced parsley.

collage showing how to make stuffed shells

Make Ahead, Storage and Freezer Instructions

Freezing: Spinach Lasagna Stuffed Shells are the perfect freezer meal. Make them in advance and always have dinner on hand. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap, then foil to ward off freezer burn and store in the freezer for up to 3-4 months. Thaw for 24 hours in the fridge, uncover and bake as directed.

Make Ahead: You can stuff your shells up to 24 hours in advance. Do not bake until ready to serve; cover tightly with foil or plastic wrap, and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Remove from the fridge while your oven is heating up, uncover and bake as directed.

Leftovers: Store leftover lasagna stuffed shells in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave.

Lasagna Stuffed Shells Recipe Tips and Notes

  • The recipe calls for 2 cups of fresh spinach, which is about 3-4 ounces. Feel free to add more if you like.
  • Frozen spinach can be used if you don’t have fresh. Just make sure to thaw it completely and squeeze as much water out of it as possible. Use about ⅓ of a 10 ounce package.
  • Pro tip: Use a cookie scoop to evenly portion out the filling. You could also pipe the filling in.
  • Use your favorite pasta sauce or try my homemade Spaghetti Sauce or Marinara Sauce.

stuffed shells with cheese, red sauce, fork

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Spinach Lasagna Stuffed Shells

Lasagna Stuffed Shells are a perfect weeknight dinner or make ahead freezer meal. Stuffed pasta shells with a creamy, cheesy filling.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 20-25 large pasta shells cooked to package instructions
  • 16 ounces Ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 tablespoon fresh
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1 tablespoon fresh
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Mozzarella cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 cups fresh spinach chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 24- ounce jar marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • fresh parsley or basil for garnish if desired

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9"x13" baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine Ricotta, egg, basil, parsley, Parmesan cheese and ½ of the Mozzarella cheese. Stir in spinach and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Spoon about ⅓ of the spaghetti sauce into the prepared baking dish, spreading around to coat the bottom of the dish.
  • Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, fill pasta shells with the cheese mixture. Arrange in a single layer in the baking dish on top of the sauce.
  • Spoon the remaining sauce over the shells and sprinkle with the remaining grated Mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 20 - 25 minutes, or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly. Garnish with fresh minced parsley or basil, if desired.
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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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