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Meat & Cheese Stuffed Shells

Pasta shells stuffed with cheese-packed savory ground beef is the ultimate comfort dinner and it’s easy to make too!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Course: beef, Comfort Foods, Everyday Meals, pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meat and cheese, stuffed shells
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 537kcal



  • 1 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 8 oz mozzarella diced small (1/4-inch dice)
  • 3/4 cups plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan -OR- Romano cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley -OR- 2 tbs dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Extra parmesan cheese for topping
  • 1/2-1 cup shredded mozzarella for topping


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pour about 1/4 cup of the sauce in the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  • Mix all filling ingredients in a large bowl. Divide into 24 equal portions (should be about the size of a ping pong ball)
  • Stuff the shells tightly with the portions of meat filling. Place the filled shells in the prepared pan.
  • Top with remaining sauce, then sprinkle the extra parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella on top.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 60-75 minutes.


A large jar of prepared chunky pasta sauce may be substituted.
If you make my sauce recipe, add an 8 oz can of tomato sauce, if desired, to extend sauce quantity.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 1357mg | Potassium: 598mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 738IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 353mg | Iron: 5mg