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This Unstuffed Shells Casserole is all the flavors of stuffed shells without all the work. This can be made ahead of time and even frozen for an easy dinner. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Unstuffed Shells Casserole

This Unstuffed Shells Casserole is all the flavors of stuffed shells without all the work. This can be made ahead of time and even frozen for an easy dinner. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced finely
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (24 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 4 cups medium or large pasta shells, uncooked
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions.

  2. In a large skillet, brown the beef. Drain. Add the onion and cook for a couple of minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. 

  3. Add the pasta sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes. 

  4. In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, ricotta, parmesan cheese, basil, egg, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. mix until combined well. Stir in the cooked pasta shells.

  5. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread half of the meat sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Layer the pasta shell mixture on top followed with a layer of the remaining meat sauce. 

  6. Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese and cover with foil. 

  7. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 40-45 minutes removing the foil for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Sprinkle fresh basil on top for garnish if desired.

Recipe Notes

This can be prepared a day ahead of time and baked the next day.

Source: idea inspired from Kraft. Shell filling and sauce from me!