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Easy Cheesy Beef Stuffed Shells

We got the recipe for these Easy Cheesy Beef Stuffed Shells from the Meal Plan Addict. She shares that the fully baked shells are a great freezer meal — just be sure to cool them completely and wrap securely before you freeze them, and they’ll last up to 4 months. When you’re ready to reheat and serve them, defrost the shells completely before warming them in a 400 degree oven.


Serves 8 

  • 16 Jumbo Pasta Shells
  • 1 lb Ground Beef, Lean
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 cups Pasta Sauce
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded


  1. Preheat Oven to 375° F.
  2. Boil the Jumbo Shell noodles according to the directions on the box, drain and run under cold water. Set aside. Make sure they are only cooked to al dente, or they will rip and be difficult to stuff.
  3. In a large bowl, mix ground beef, spices, garlic, parmesan and panko.
  4. Stuff the shells with the ground beef mixture (Tip: use a cookie scoop!)
  5. In a 9 x 11 baking dish, evenly spread 1 cup of the pasta sauce.
  6. Place stuffed shells on top of sauce in baking dish.
  7. Cover stuffed shells with remaining pasta sauce and top with mozzarella cheese.
  8. Bake covered for 10 mins and then uncovered for 15 more mins. Use a meat thermometer to ensure beef is at least 160°F before serving.