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Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells

If you’re a fan of cheese and pasta then this dish is perfect for you! Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells are so cheesy, and they’re baked in a garlic Alfredo sauce which is so good you’ll want to lick your plate clean. Stuffed with a combination of cheeses, these are easy to make and so crazy good!

Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells in 2 black serving dishes.

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Pasta and cheese, what’s not to love? But in this amped-up version that’s similar to the Olive Garden’s cheese stuffed shells, only miles better! This one is made with a rich and creamy garlic Alfredo sauce that gets hot and bubbly and is so delicious.

This is total comfort food. They’re not hard to make, and don’t require any fussy ingredients. Plus, these Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells can be switched up and made with your favorite cheeses. Be sure to see all my suggestions below!

A horizontal shot of 2 individual sized servings of Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells.

What you’ll love about Giant cheese STuffed Shells


  • They’re rich and loaded with ooey-gooey cheese!
  • It’s not a hard pasta dish to make, and you can make it ahead of time!
  • You can easily double this recipe to feed a crowd.

Ingredients

  • Jumbo pasta shells – See my notes below about cooking these. Find them in the pasta aisle; they may also be called conchiglie.
  • Butter – I cook with salted butter.
  • Fresh garlic
  • All-purpose flour
  • Milk
  • Heavy whipping cream – Or you can use all milk.
  • Parmesan cheese – Shredded or grated.
  • Ricotta cheese – Any kind.
  • Italian blend shredded cheese
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Green onions – Sliced.
  • Salt and white pepper – To taste; you can use black pepper but you’ll see black flecks in your sauce.
Labeled ingredients to make Giant Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells.

How To Make The Best Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells

  1. Preheat your oven to 375-F.
  2. Cook the jumbo pasta shells in salted boiling water for 2 minutes less than the recommended cooking time. You want them to be very al dente for stuffing. Drain and run the cooked shells under cold tap water to cool them down. Set them aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a large skillet and add the garlic. Cook the garlic for 2 minutes, then whisk in the flour and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour in the milk and cream and mix well, turn down the heat and bring the sauce to a simmer. Stir while simmering until the sauce thickens; about 5 minutes. Add the Parmesan cheese and adjust the salt and pepper.
  5. Combine the ricotta cheese, 1/2 the Italian blend shredded cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, and green onions in a bowl. Mix well. Add a pinch of pepper if you like.
  6. Transfer about half the sauce to the bottom of a 10×10-inch casserole dish.
  7. Stuff the pasta shells filling each with about 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture, and lay them into the casserole dish on top of the sauce. Repeat until they’re all filled.
  8. Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the stuffed shells, then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
  9. Bake at 375-F for about 20 minutes or until the shells are hot and bubbly. Turn on the broiler for the last 2 minutes of cooking time to brown the top.
  10. Serve and enjoy!
Serve and enjoy.

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Don’t overcook the pasta shells. You want them to be quite al dente because they’ll finish cooking in the oven. Plus, softer shells are harder to stuff.
  • Switch up the cheeses! Fontina, mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, gouda and more can all be used instead of the Italian blend.
  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes and a bit of chopped parsley before serving for a bit of color and spice.

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Make It A Meal

Wondering what to serve with your Giant Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells? This dish is so rich and creamy that you don’t want anything too heavy with it. A great Caesar salad would pair nicely with this dish and give you some leafy greens, too. Or, serve this dish on its own but start with a shareable appetizer like a Tomato Bruschetta Board or a light bowl of soup.

Storage

Store any leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container. Heat your leftovers in the microwave or a low oven until heated through.

Step By Step Process

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Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells in 2 black serving dishes.
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Giant Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Filled with a creamy ricotta mixture and nestled in a garlic Alfredo sauce, these Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells are comfort food 101. Serve with a salad or just a wedge of garlic bread and dig in!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword giant cheese stuffed pasta shells, jumbo shells, pasta shells
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 577kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Ingredients

  • 18 each pasta shells
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded or grated
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups Italian blend shredded cheese divided
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions white and green parts
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and white pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375-F.
  • Cook the jumbo pasta shells in salted boiling water for 2 minutes less than the recommended cooking time. You want them to be very al dente for stuffing. Drain and run the cooked shells under cold tap water to cool them down. Set them aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet and add the garlic. Cook the garlic for 2 minutes, then whisk in the flour and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in the milk and cream and mix well, turn down the heat and bring the sauce to a simmer. Stir while simmering until the sauce thickens; about 5 minutes. Add the Parmesan cheese and adjust the salt and pepper.
  • Combine the ricotta cheese, 1/2 the Italian blend shredded cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, and green onions in a bowl. Mix well. Add a pinch of pepper if you like.
  • Transfer about half the sauce to the bottom of a 10×10-inch casserole dish.
  • Stuff the pasta shells filling each with about 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture and lay them into the casserole dish on top of the sauce. Repeat until they're all filled.
  • Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the stuffed shells, then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
  • Bake at 375-F for about 20 minutes or until the shells are hot and bubbly. Turn on the broiler for the last 2 minutes of cooking time to brown the top.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Don’t overcook the pasta shells. You want them to be quite al dente because they’ll finish cooking in the oven. Plus, softer shells are harder to stuff.
  • Switch up the cheeses! Fontina, mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, gouda and more can all be used instead of the Italian blend.
  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes and a bit of chopped parsley before serving for a bit of color and spice.

Nutrition

Serving: 3shells and sauce | Calories: 577kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1679IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 649mg | Iron: 1mg

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4 thoughts on “Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells”

  1. 5 stars
    These shells were so delicious and a big hit with the family! I loved the white cheese sauce instead of the traditional red sauce – it was a great change-up!

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  2. 5 stars
    Hey! I tried your Giant Cheese-Stuffed Shells recipe, and it was a cheesy delight! The shells were perfectly cooked, and that cheese mixture inside was heavenly. Even the reheated leftovers tasted good! Thanks for sharing this mouthwatering recipe!

    Reply

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