clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
stuffed shells with meat sauce

Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce

  • Author: Johnniemay McDonald
  • Total Time: 40 minutes


Delicious ricotta and spinach stuffed shells with savory meat sauce.


Units Scale


  • 18 shells
  • salt for boiling water

Ricotta and Spinach Stuffing

  • 15 oz Ricotta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 Egg
  • 5 leaves Basil
  • Handful Spinach
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

Sauce Recipe

  • 1 Onions (diced)
  • 1/2 tsp minced Garlic
  • 2 pounds Ground beef
  • 48 oz Tomato sauce (2 jars)
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes


  • 8 oz freshly grated mozzarella
  • fresh basil


  1. Start boiling your water for the shells, and don’t forget to salt the water! Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the stuffing. Then set the bowl aside.
  3. Add your diced onion and ground beef to a pan. After the ground beef has been browned, drain the mixture and add it back to the pan. Next, add the seasonings and tomato sauce to the beef and onion mixture. Combine everything and cover. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat. Let the sauce simmer on low for 15 minutes.
  4. Drain the shells when they’re done cooking. While they are cooling enough for you to handle, cover the bottom of a 9×13 pan with meat sauce.
  5. Begin gently stuffing each shell with the stuffing mixture. I used a small spoon for this. Place each shell in the pan when done. After you’ve filled the pan, fill in the spaces between each shell with meat sauce. Then top everything with freshly grated mozzarella and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner

Keywords: shells, stuffed shells,