How to Make Perfect Presentation Stuffed Shells Every Time

Stuffed shells are an easy family friendly recipe to make. It’s hard to resist the creamy four-cheese blend of ricotta, mascarpone, parmesan, and mozzarella, perfectly blended with fresh parsley and topped with a savory tomato sauce. It’s one of my favorite recipes to make because it is quick and easy and I have found a secret to making perfect presentation shells every time. This stuffed shells recipe is sure to impress your family or guests with your gourmet food presentation skills. Discover my secret for how to make perfect presentation stuffed shells every time.

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Perfect Presentation Stuffed Shells Recipe Every Time

After preheating the stove to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, boil the noodles according to the package instructions. This typically takes about 9-10 minutes. While the noodles are boiling, add the spaghetti sauce and freshly chopped basil into a pot to heat. Next, I like to use my mixer to blend the ricotta, mascarpone, mozzarella, half of the parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper.

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Once the mixture is fully blended, fill the shells using my secret tool to perfect presentation stuffed shells… a cookie scoop.

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Layer a large baking dish with half of your favorite spaghetti sauce. My favorite sauce for this meal is tomato basil spaghetti sauce. Place the perfect presentation stuffed shells into the baking dish, with the opening of the shell facing up. Spoon the rest of the warm spaghetti sauce into the baking dish. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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Cover the baking dish and cook in the oven for 30 minutes. Let the shells cool for 5-10 minutes before devouring. (Scroll to the bottom for perfect presentation stuffed shells printable recipe.)

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Tips for Getting the BEST Flavored Stuffed Shells Quickly

  • Use fresh basil & parsley
  • Buy authentic parmesan cheese from the deli area
  • Use tools to make your life easier and more efficient: herb stripper, cookie scoop, & mixer
  • Taste as you go to adjust the flavor
  • Make sure to cover the baking dish to avoid dried out noodles

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Perfect Presentation Stuffed Shells Recipe Every Time

How to Make Perfect Presentation Stuffed Shells Recipe Every Time
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Ingredients

  • 2/3 box of jumbo pasta shells
  • 32 oz. tomato basil spaghetti sauce
  • 1 1/2 c. Italian style ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 1 c. parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 oz. mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Boil noodles according to package directions.
  3. Warm spaghetti sauce and freshly chopped basil into a pot over medium heat.
  4. Mix ricotta, mascarpone, mozzarella, half of the parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper together.
  5. Fill shells using a cookie scoop, with four-cheese mixture.
  6. Pour half of the spaghetti sauce in a large baking dish. Gently place filled shells in the dish, open side up.
  7. Spoon the rest of the warm spaghetti sauce into the baking dish.
  8. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  9. Cover the baking dish and cook in the oven for 30 minutes.
  10. Let the shells cool for 5-10 minutes before devouring.
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