Stuffed Jumbo Shells

This is a potluck perfect plate.  Say that 3 times fast!  It’s a mouthful…not just the sentence but the dish as well!

Stuffed Jumbo Shells

Questionable parenting by Isabelle:

Bear has been bugging me to make this dish, at least once a week she will say: “Mom, wouldn’t it be delicious if you made stuffed shells?”  “Mom, I love Stuffed Shells, don’t you?”  “Mom, look at that box of Jumbo Shells, just sitting there waiting to be filled with deliciousness”…you get the idea!

Bear was home sick for the past 3 days….and by sick I mean sick sick…in bed, no food, hardly able to drink water or gatorade….

I made this for Supper while she was sick the other night…she almost threw up because of the smell….I am such a nice mom.

Note: the smell is amazingly delicious but you can understand that when you can’t even keep water down, the smell of an Italian Restaurant running through the house was a bit much for her to take.

Was this last part too much information?  I apologize…I just wanted to share with you my downright bizarre behaviors/choices.  No worries I act like that every day, it’s not a new thing around here.


1 box (12 ounce) Jumbo Shells (you will need about 22-24 shells but they don’t always make it intact from the boiling water!)

1 pound ground beef (or chicken, pork, turkey)

1 onion finely chopped

2 garlic cloves finely chopped

2 cups cooked broccoli, chopped (or you could use 12-ounce box spinach drained VERY well)

2 eggs

1/4 cup cream cheese

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon dried basil

1 tablespoon dried oregano

Salt and Pepper

1/2 cup breadcrumbs (Italian if you have)

1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs (if you don’t have Panko use more regular breadcrumbs)

1 cup tomato sauce (any favorite or homemade)

1 Jar Alfredo Sauce (15-ounce) (low fat works)

1 cup shredded cheese

How to:

In a large saucepan, cook your ground beef with your onions and garlic.  Once your meat is no longer pink add your cream cheese and stir well to melt.  Let this cool for 5-10 minutes.  Put the mixture in a large bowl and add your broccoli, eggs, parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, Panko and breadcrumbs.

the mixture....beyond exciting isn't it?

Boil your shells according to package directions, drain and set aside.  (obviously you can boil your noodles while you are making your meat mixture…it’s your choice to multi-task or not!)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a 13X9 baking dish with cooking spray.  Spread your 1 cup tomato sauce on the bottom of your dish.  Using a scoop or large spoon start filling each shells with your meat mixture.  As you will notice mine are pretty full, but that’s the fun delicious part of this dish!  Line up all your filled shells in your pan, trying your best to make them all fit nicely together.  Pour your Alfredo Sauce over your shells and top with your shredded cheese.  Cover the dish with foil and put in your preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.  Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes until your get a beautiful golden crust.

Here is the “pictorial” chain of events 🙂

the red sauce...or the foundation if you will

gotta love those scoops

getting all my ducks in a row...or shells I should say!

snug as a bug in a rug

yummy alfredo sauce

more cheese please

cheesy, bubbly, stuffed madness....

Serve with bread and more parmesan cheese.

oh my deliciousness!

DELICIOUS…and so easy, perfect for a large group or when your child is healthy and wants to eat 😉

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Peace and Be Questionable,



7 thoughts on “Stuffed Jumbo Shells

  1. Isabelle, I really love this! love, Love LOVE! It reminds me of how things used to be when the family was living together and I had a great reason to cook, wanted to cook, COULD cook, and did! All the time! Things are very different now, but still I’ll figure out a way (with a little help from my friends) to see that this gets cooked, shared, and devoured! Thanks darlin’ 🙂

  2. I like how you used broccoli in these (have made them with spinach before) — and that layer of Alfredo sauce… sigh. Hope your daughter is feeling better. I enjoy reading about life at your house!

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