Stuffed Shells recipe~ Manicotti Recipe – COOKING WITH WHAT IS IN THE PANTRY

06/25/2016 8:00 am · 129 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

Stuffed Shells recipe

Quick and Easy Cheese Manicotti Pasta dinner recipe

Easy Dinner Ideas, Easy Freezer Meals, Stuffed Shells are a great way to feel a large group with no stressThis is a recipe re-post…. I posted this recipe 3 years ago but recently had a request to post it again.  Hope you enjoy this money saving recipe.

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I decided to cook some Pasta for my family.  To be honest if I am going to eat pasta I prefer home made Alfredo Sauce, but I know that red sauce it good for you. Plus I got it for free so it is a thrifty way to feed my family.  This recipe is one that my whole family loves, and we normally keep all the ingredients in the pantry or freezer.

IMG_1949So I went to my pantry and I had two opened boxes of pasta, both half empty I wanted to use them up.  I used them both to make the same meal with a twist.

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Start your pasta cooking first, (while it cooks you can mix the filling for the shells). I needed to cook both kinds of pasta but the shells need to cook for 5 min longer, so I brought the water to a boil.  Added the shells,  then 5 mins later added the noodles.IMG_1957Add them to the boiling water, they will soften up and slide into the water.  Do not try to push them in or they might break.  Cook according to the box direction.  Do not over cook or they will be mushy, because you need to bake them to.

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Pour your noodles into a strainer so all the hot water drains off. Then  rinse them with cold water so they will be cool enough to handle.  If you are not going to fill them right away you will need to toss a little oil on them and separate them out on wax paper so they will not stick together.

Cheese filling mixture

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In a bowl add:

  • 1 package of ricotta cheese 16 oz
  • 1 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese (1/2 cup set aside for top)
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • dash  or 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg ( sound wierd but really makes it good)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley fresh or dry

IMG_1952Mix till well blended.  Now here is the twist, normally you would just use one box of pasta shells and fill them all.  But I wanted to use up both boxes of pasta so I just made half shells and half cheesy roll ups.

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Take a large scoop of filling and fill the cooked  shell.

IMG_1964Place the shell, cheese side up on a pan with pasta sauce in the bottom.

IMG_1967Now you can use the same filling to make Cheesy roll ups. Spread the filling out in a thin flat layer over the noodle.  Leave the last inch open so the noolde will stick together in the roll.

IMG_1966Roll it up….

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This is what it should look like.  Place seam side down in a pan, with pasta sauce on the bottom.

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Pour your jar of pasta sauce into one large 11×13 pan or you can split it up and pour half into two smaller pans.  I always use two smaller pans, and put one in the freezer.

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Add another 1/2 cup of parmesan on the top

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Cover them both with foil, I put one in the freezer.  Bake the other in a 350 degree oven for 35 mins, take foil off and bake for another 10 mins. ( for a total of 45 mins)

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If you want to change it up a bit you can add, spinach or cooked sausage to the cheese mixture.  My family really enjoys this, hopes yours will too.

You can watch us make it LIVE here

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A Thrifty Mom
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Here was the final results…. STUFFED SHELLS thanks to everyone who watched!

Kay Langdon
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I love 2 use just a lol cayenne pepper 2 gives it a great bite

Megan Farris
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I want to make stress balls with my preschool students

Melissa Hale-Hudgeons
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Melissa Hale-Hudgeons

Have a good night!

Vita Kay
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See ya later!

Trena Dean
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See ya guys in a few!

Taylor Devos
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I came to late!!

Megan Farris
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Yayyy can’t wait to watch the girls! I want to make stress balls with

Kay Langdon
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Enjoy have a great evening c u next time

La-Naasha D Marshall
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Hello from the Bahamas!!

Adell Davis
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Now I know about this I will follow!

Kay Langdon
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Thx I’ll take it

Biliegh Berrie
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Love the Vid :3

Megan Farris
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I love that ball of energy in the background!

Becky Ruths
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I haven’t seen her.

Vita Kay
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I’m low too on vit D! Gotta get out there and get some sun!! U0001f31e

Kim Mavrogeorge
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haha vitamin D just found out i’m low haha

Kay Langdon
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Pick me pick me lol

Adell Davis
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Vitamin d is essential for mental health!

Becky Ruths
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Poor sad winner 🙁

Jannette Lynn Thrasher
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Jannette Lynn Thrasher

I’ll claim it

Kay Langdon
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Thank u love ya

A Thrifty Mom
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Check out our past LIVE videos – https://www.facebook.com/AThriftyMom/videos

Kay Langdon
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Awesome sauce thx love ur show

Kay Langdon
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Shed doing pretty good @ stretching it out

Jannette Lynn Thrasher
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Jannette Lynn Thrasher

Good potluck dish

Kay Langdon
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Aww I missed it U0001f622

Jannette Lynn Thrasher
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Jannette Lynn Thrasher

Salad as a side yum

Kay Langdon
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I love her

Adell Davis
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I would serve green beans with garlic and olive oil

Kay Langdon
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Salad & garlic bread would b perfect

Kay Langdon
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Good job Adell

A Thrifty Mom
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Lana Christine Daurie
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Lana Christine Daurie

This is great! Leftovers for lunch

Bridgette Fumarolo
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Perfect thank you ! Yummy

Jannette Lynn Thrasher
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Jannette Lynn Thrasher

My teen would want the whole pan

Adell Davis
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I use tooth picks to tent my foil over cheese dishes, works great.

Lindsey Bankston Blount
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Lindsey Bankston Blount

I ❤ your kitchen!

Lana Christine Daurie
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Lana Christine Daurie

I’m happy I randomly found this!

Kay Langdon
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Have u ever had chocolate cobbler yummmmm

A Thrifty Mom
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Here’s our homemade Alfredo Recipe – http://athriftymom.com/homemade-alfredo-sauce/

Bridgette Fumarolo
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How many does that feed ?

Kay Langdon
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I love u doing this

Melissa Hale-Hudgeons
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Melissa Hale-Hudgeons

My 6 year old is going to have lots of fun making this tomorrow! Thank you for sharing!!

Jannette Lynn Thrasher
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Jannette Lynn Thrasher

What desert do you eat with this

Lana Christine Daurie
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Lana Christine Daurie

This is awesome!

Kay Langdon
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I add ricotta cheese my Alfredo sauce

Adell Davis
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Mine too Kay.

Kelle Asmus
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This looks yummmmmy

Kay Langdon
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A Dell that’s all I use is homemade Alfredo sauce its so much better on stomach lol

Kayla Price
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http://bit.ly/1VEb3h2 that’s the link. You have to exit out of the live video and it’ll be in the description above the video on your newsfeed

Adell Davis
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Can you use a white alfredo sauce?

Kay Langdon
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We save the video from ur page 2

A Thrifty Mom
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Please Share this video so your friends can join in too – and so you can go back and find the recipe for later

Cindy Day
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Click on little red dot and gives it to you..

Gwen Buthman
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Is won’t let you scroll past where you join

Bridgette Fumarolo
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Looks great , I’m going to try to make it tomorrow .. How many does a pan serve ?

Kay Langdon
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I’d love 2 share some of my recipes like homemade coffee made a/hello pudding

Lee Dunn
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Where’s the link for recipe?

Joe N Haley
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Oops.. I meant, pastry bag up there lol

Joe N Haley
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Putting the stuffing in a party bag makes the stuffing way easier and quicker! 😉

Vanessa Marquiss Barker
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Vanessa Marquiss Barker

My parents did the same thing growing up. When I was in college I actually made money by making dinner for the guys in my apartment complex. Great skill to know

Adell Davis
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That’s good mom. Teach your children well.

Jannette Lynn Thrasher
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Jannette Lynn Thrasher

Yes, my kids cook in kitchen too but safety first. We watch kids cooking program

Rebecca Hernandez
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I❤️your family! Awesomeness!!!

Kim Mavrogeorge
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manicotti yes will have to try this.

Kay Langdon
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Yes sorry keyboard sucks meant ziplock veggies AWESOME I LOVE COOKING

Michelle Webb
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U0001f499U0001f49cU0001f49aU0001f44fU0001f44fU0001f44fU0001f44f fixing this weekend

Jannette Lynn Thrasher
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Jannette Lynn Thrasher

I love dancing in my kitchen

Kay Langdon
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Do u do a lot of cooking recipes? I love cooking

Kay Langdon
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Janette sausage ricotta cheese spices u can get recipe on link welcome

Cindy Day
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I will definitely have to make this for my family of 7! I think they would love this!! Thank you!!

Melissa Hale-Hudgeons
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Melissa Hale-Hudgeons

Yummy!! Making this for my family tomorrow night!!U0001f60b

Kay Langdon
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Do u use baggies? Use em like icing bags

Jannette Lynn Thrasher
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Jannette Lynn Thrasher

What’s the filling? Sorry just joined

Adell Davis
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That sounds Great, and yes spinach!

Jannette Lynn Thrasher
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Jannette Lynn Thrasher

I love helpers in the kitchen

A Thrifty Mom
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Mary – yup the whole fam is here..

Kay Langdon
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Adell I love spinach

Mary Ellen Irwin
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Sounds like you have a little baby in the background.

Adell Davis
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Can you use veggies instead of meat, if so how would I season it?

Kim Moore
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yummy what time is dinner ? on my way 🙂

Kay Langdon
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I love using different cheeses 2

Krista Cornwall
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The more cheese the better!!! ❤️

Adell Davis
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Looking yummy so far!!!

Valerie Elias
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Yummy yummy I want some I need to make some of this

Kay Langdon
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Save the video

Kim Moore
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do you freeze it in the dish as well ?

Charlie Roberts
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I want some

Kay Langdon
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& Dave the video

A Thrifty Mom
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You can just leave the sausage out.. and use the cheese and cream cheese

Danyelle Wood
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Melissa. She’s using Italian sausage.

Kay Langdon
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I like 2 use 1/2 sausage 1/2 hamburger

Vicky Harvey
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Kim, I would use ground beef.

Lee Dunn
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She’s using sausage meat

Chrissy Michelle
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Thanks for this recipe!! I am not good at making this, so this will be so helpful!!

Solaine Lagacé
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Italian sausage @melissa

Kim Hamilton
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She is using Italian sausage

Kim Adkins
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What if u don’t want to use sausage what would u mix the cheese with

Melissa Hale-Hudgeons
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Melissa Hale-Hudgeons

What kind of meat are you using?

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