Simple Stuffed Shells

I've fallen a bit behind on posting all of our recipes.  This school business is seriousness!  So, in the midst of new school schedules and Kyle's season schedules we added soccer to the mix.  I knew that I would not want to be prepping and cooking in the kitchen after a busy day like that, so I prepared everything ahead of time and all I had to do was plop the dish in the oven.  These are so simple to make, hence the name and a very versatile dish, you can add whatever you want to it really.  I went  the very, very, easy route with what I had in my refrigerator at the time.  I can imagine that these would be amazing with different herbs, meats, and veggies and will definitely switch it up next time.

Simple Stuffed Shells


1 box of jumbo pasta shells
1 jar of marinara sauce (ugh, sorry, or you can should make your own)
1 15 oz. tub of ricotta
1 cup of shredded mozzarella
1 egg
1 packet of fresh chives
salt and pepper


  • preheat the oven to 350 
  • cook the shells in boiling water for 10 minutes, drain and let cool (about 5 of my shells fell apart/got stuck to the bottom of my dutch oven during the cooking process, nbd :)
  • in a bowl mix together the ricotta, egg, mozzarella
  • add about 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and chop up 3/4 of the chives and mix together (I just use scissors and cut them up right over the bowl)

  • line a casserole dish with 1/3 of the marinara sauce
  • stuff the shells with a heaping tablespoon of the ricotta and place in the dish, once all shells have been stuffed, pour the rest of the sauce on top of the shells

  •  cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes
  • before serving, chop up the remaining chives and sprinkle over top