Pizza Stuffed Shells

These Pizza Stuffed Shells are jumbo pasta shells stuffed with sausage, pepperoni, and cheese. Put your favorite toppings in! They can be made ahead and frozen for later. These are a total crowd pleaser. Pizza Stuffed Shells - pasta stuffed with sausage and pepperoni. Total crowd pleaser. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comI feel like birthday parties have gotten out of control. I used to throw huge parties at the house for my kids and then got completely burnt out. The last couple of years my boys have requested to have their birthday parties at LaserQuest and I didn’t argue with them. It’s so much easier and then I don’t have to clean the whole house before and after the party. There’s a strong Latin influence down here in South Florida and birthday parties are a big deal. My Latin friends said it’s not unusual to spend a couple thousand of dollars on a party…for a one year old. Yikes. Pizza Stuffed Shells - pasta stuffed with sausage and pepperoni. Total crowd pleaser. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comThis year my son requested to have his 10th birthday party at the house. Ugh. I would say no but for double digits I feel like I need to pull out all of the stops and find the energy to do it. I’ve been planning his football themed party with him and when I made these Pizza Stuffed Shells the other night for dinner he loved them so much he asked, “Can we have these at the party instead of pizza?”  That’s how good they are.

Pizza Stuffed Shells - pasta stuffed with sausage and pepperoni. Total crowd pleaser. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comThis recipe makes a lot so I divided the shells between 2 smaller pans and made one for dinner and froze the other one for a rainy day. Pizza Stuffed Shells - pasta stuffed with sausage and pepperoni. Total crowd pleaser. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comOr at least that was the plan until I burnt the first pan because I was on the phone with my sister for an hour and forgot it was in the oven. Multitasking isn’t always my greatest strength.Pizza Stuffed Shells - pasta stuffed with sausage and pepperoni. Total crowd pleaser. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comSo here’s the second pan…not burnt. And this dish has cottage cheese in it but remember, I’m a cottage cheese hater usually and you don’t even detect it. It melts down into a cheesy, yummy sauce.


Pizza Stuffed Shells
Serves: 25 shells
  • ½ lb sausage
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic (or use dried garlic powder if you don' have fresh)
  • ½ cup chopped pepperoni
  • 16 oz cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 25 jumbo shells
  • 1 (26-oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • (optional) grated Parmesan for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and lightly spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray. I like to split it into 2 smaller pans and cook one for dinner and freeze the other one.
  2. Cook jumbo pasta shells according to package. Drain and cool.
  3. While pasta is cooking brown the sausage in a pan. Add the garlic for the last minute of cooking. Drain sausage.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine sausage, pepperoni, cottage cheese, Italian seasonings, and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese.
  5. Stuff pasta shells with cheese mixture and place in prepared baking dish. Top with spaghetti sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese. Freeze here for later if making ahead of time.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle Parmesan on top if desired. Enjoy!
Source: Slightly adapted from Plain Chicken

Freezer Instructions: For best results, thaw dish out in the refrigerator the night before eating and bake as instructed. You can also bake it frozen but just add 10-15 minutes to the bake time.



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  1. I love stuffed shells. This version takes the shells up a notch for being kid friendly without leaving the
    adults our. Well done.

  2. That looks oh so yummy!! My mom made things like this when I was growing up!!

  3. I’m with you, birthday parties have turned into huge Keepin’ up with the Jones’ events. Sometimes you just gotta keep it real. I’m saying this 2 days after throwing my 4-yo a Frozen party though, so I guess I can’t talk 🙂 These shells look awesome. If only I had a secret extra casserole every time I burned something!

  4. Been hungry for pizza and this really looks good.

  5. Anything Pizza is hubby’s middle name so I know we will absolutely love these.
    I like the idea that these can be made ahead of time and frozen. I like the ‘make-ahead’ meals for future use.

  6. these look awesome! I’m totally craving some pizza now!!!

  7. One of our favorites! So glad you enjoyed it!

  8. These look so delicious! I love how giant they are! Oversized food is so much fun!

  9. Oh I love this! I always have stuffed peppers, but I am such a huge pasta fan that I need to start doing this too. Thank you for sharing.

    Jess x

  10. I made this recipe last night for my husband, and he absolutely loved it! The cottage cheese made it so creamy, yet at the same time you couldn’t tell it was cottage cheese. Thank you for this awesome recipe!

  11. What if I made these with manicotti shells instead of the jumbo shells used here?

  12. Huge hit with the entire family! Pretty tedious but worth it! Thank you!

  13. I got to try the stuff pasta shells

  14. Where are these casserole dishes from? I love them! Thanks Christy.