Meatball Stuffed Shells – easy weeknight pasta casserole! Fill pasta shells with frozen meatballs and top with sauce and cheese. Ready to eat in under 30 minutes!! Everyone LOVED this easy pasta casserole recipe! Can freeze for later too!
I was cleaning out my freezer and found a package of frozen meatballs. I was brainstorming on what to make with them and thought what about Meatball Stuffed Shells? I decided to give it a shot. Guess what? They turned out great! We added a salad and some garlic bread for a delicious Italian feast.
I like cheese in my stuffed shells, so I adapted my usual stuffed shell recipe to add meatballs. These were delicious! I didn’t thaw the meatballs before baking. I just let them bake along with the pasta. It worked great and saved some time.
This makes a lot. We ate this for dinner and lunch the next few days. Next time I would make the whole recipe and freeze half of it.
Yield: serves 10 to 12
Meatball Stuffed Shells
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 40 mins
24 jumbo pasta shells
24 frozen meatballs
1 (15-oz) container cottage cheese (can use ricotta)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 (24-26oz) jar spaghetti sauce
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
Cook jumbo pasta shells according to package. Drain and cool.
Combine cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, dried parsley and 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
Stuff pasta shells with cheese mixture and one meatballs per shell. Place shells in prepared baking dish. Top with spaghetti sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese. (Can freeze at this point)