Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe with Spicy Sauce

The sauce is key to making an easy stuffed shells recipe taste like you slaved in the kitchen for hours. Stuffed shells are one of my favorite comfort foods, and with the new RAGÚ® Spicy Italian Style Sauce, they just got better. RAGÚ® sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe with Spicy Sauce

Every time I try to make a pasta dish without meat, Mike complains. He says there’s no flavor without ground beef or sausage. I have a blander palate than him, so I am always on a quest to find a happy medium.

Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe with Spicy Sauce
Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe with Spicy Sauce

Turns out, the easy stuffed shells recipe that I make can go from boring (according to Mike) to “The best stuffed shells I’ve ever had” (his words) by just changing the sauce. RAGÚ® Spicy Italian Style Sauce is packed with flavor. It’s spicy, and yet, not too overpowering for my wimpy taste buds.

New RAGÚ® Spicy Italian Style Sauce

The new RAGU sauce is made with 100% California-grown tomatoes, fresh red bell peppers, and ground red pepper flakes. The blend adds just the right amount of kick to any pasta dish. The sauce contains no artificial ingredients, artificial colors, or preservatives. It’s also low-calorie and low-fat. I, of course, make up for that with cheese. 😉

Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe with Spicy Sauce

Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe with Spicy Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 Jars RAGÚ® Spicy Italian Style Sauce
  • Box of Jumbo Shells
  • 2 Eggs
  • 32 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 lb Mozzarella Cheese
  • 8 oz Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Boil jumbo shells for 7 minutes. You want them to be al dente. They will finish cooking in the oven.
  3. Add eggs to a mixing bowl and beat them before adding additional ingredients.
    Stuffed shells cheese mixture
  4. Mix the ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning in with the eggs. You can also add one cup of shredded mozzarella cheese in with this mixture instead of stuffing it into the shells like I did. I basically just added an extra step for myself for no reason.
  5. Drain jumbo shells and place them on a board for stuffing. Since they are al dente, they are easy to work with. I use a spreader to stuff the cheese mixture into the shells.
    Al dente shells ready for stuffing
    Stuffing shells
  6. Spread a layer of RAGÚ® Spicy Italian Style Sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.
    Ragu in pan
  7. Add stuffed shells on top of sauce.
  8. Dump the rest of your RAGÚ® Spicy Italian Style Sauce on top of the shells.
    Sauce on shells
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.
    Stuffed shells in oven
  10. Slice fresh mozzarella cheese. Top your dish after it has baked for 30 minutes. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling. You can also use shredded mozzarella cheese here, but I love the way the fresh cheese gets super melty.
Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe with Spicy Sauce
Yield: 6 people

Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe with Spicy Sauce

Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe with Spicy Sauce

Stuffed jumbo shells for a filling pasta meal. Use spicy sauce for that extra kick. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 37 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes

Ingredients

  • 48 oz Spicy Italian Style Sauce
  • 1 box Jumbo Shells
  • 2 Eggs
  • 32 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 lb Mozzarella Cheese
  • 8 oz Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Boil jumbo shells for 7 minutes. You want them to be al dente. They will finish cooking in the oven.
  3. Add eggs to a mixing bowl and beat them before adding additional ingredients.
  4. Mix the ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning in with the eggs. You can also add one cup of shredded mozzarella cheese in with this mixture instead of stuffing it into the shells like I did. I basically just added an extra step for myself for no reason.
  5. Drain jumbo shells and place them on a board for stuffing. Since they are al dente, they are easy to work with. I use a spreader to stuff the cheese mixture into the shells.
  6. Spread a layer of RAGÚ® Spicy Italian Style Sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.
  7. Add stuffed shells on top of sauce.
  8. Dump the rest of your RAGÚ® Spicy Italian Style Sauce on top of the shells.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Slice fresh mozzarella cheese. Top your dish after it has baked for 30 minutes. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling. You can also use shredded mozzarella cheese here, but I love the way the fresh cheese gets super melty.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 779Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 206mgSodium: 2483mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 5gSugar: 14gProtein: 52g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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9 Comments

  1. Cascia Talbert says:

    That sounds good, but I don’t like spicy Italian sauce. I grew up in an Italian family, my mother is 100% Italian and I am so used to our family recipe for sauce and it isn’t spicy at all, it has that authentic Italian flavor.

  2. Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness says:

    I LOVE anything spicy. This sounds delicious!

  3. Florentina says:

    That cheese tough ! i love that you used the spicy sauce, yummy , i need to make some stuffed shells soon !

  4. I have never made stuffed shells before. This recipe looks delicious and easier then i thought it would be to make. I am excited to give this recipe a try.

  5. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Stuffed Shells are some of my favorites foods! I love how versatile they can be too!

  6. Ragu is always my go to sauce since I Can usually find them BOGO! Stuffed shells are a family favorite!

  7. Laura Bowman says:

    These look amazing!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Can this receipe be made ahead of time and be frozen?

    1. I’ve never tried to do that, but honestly don’t see why not! Let us know if you try. 🙂

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