Beef/ Italian

Stuffed Shells with Ground Beef and Mushrooms

It’s kind of rainy today and I decided to make a comforting pasta dish – Stuffed Shells with Ground Beef and Mushrooms!

There isn’t anything difficult about making this dish, but there are a few steps. You have to brown the ground beef, cooked with onions and mushrooms, then set it aside to cool off. Then, make the cheese mixture with ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella along with garlic, basil, and Italian parsley. Mix the meat and cheese mixtures together. Then, cook the pasta shells and let those cool off.

With all the components prepared, it’s time to assemble. Get a 13×9 baking dish and add about a cup of the marinara sauce. Then, start assembling the shells. Take a spoonful of the meat and cheese mixture and carefully fill the shells to fill up the baking dish. Finally, top the shells with some more marinara sauce and some mozzarella cheese. Bake it until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Serve it with some garlic bread – enjoy!

Hopefully, you’ll have some leftovers for your lunch during the week. Let me know how your version turns out.

Stuffed Shells with Ground Beef and Mushrooms

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour

Stuffed Shells with Ground Beef and Mushrooms


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 box large pasta shells
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 4-6 oz sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp freshly chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 Tbsp freshly ripped basil (dry will do if you don't have fresh)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste



Pre-heat a large skillet over medium-high heat


Brown the ground beef and season with salt and pepper


Add the onions and mushrooms, cook until the onions are translucent


Set the beef mixture aside to cool


Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bring a large pot of water to a boil


In a large mixing bowl, add the ricotta, parsley, basil, garlic, the Parmesan cheese, about half the mozzarella cheese, stir to combine


Once the water comes to a boil, add the shells and cook to aldente. The shells need to be firm enough for you to stuff without them falling apart


Add the meat mixture to cheese mixture, stir to combine


In a 13x9 baking dish, put in about a cup of marina


Once the shells have finished cooking, remove from the water and let cool


Start filling the shells with the meat and cheese mixture and add the shells to the baking dish


Once all the shells are stuffed, top with marinara and the rest of the mozzarella cheese


Bake until the cheese is golden brown

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