Week 3: Crockpot Stuffed Shells

Stuffed Shells

In my opinion there are two types of crockpot recipes: ones that are meant to be made in a crockpot so they can simmer and cook over time soaking up the deliciousness and others that take the time out of prep and make life easier at meal time. This recipe is an example of the latter. 

I made these on a day when a work event was going to take me right into dinner time and I knew I wouldn’t be able to make the entire recipe later. I’ve always made stuffed shells in a baking dish in the oven so I was a little skeptical about how these would turn out. They definitely weren’t the prettiest stuffed shells I’ve ever made since they had to doused in sauce in order to cook, but they might have been the best tasting ones I’ve ever made!

Also, lesson learned- spray the crockpot before cooking…

I found the recipe online HERE and modified it to my liking. 

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Ingredients

  • 12 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 28 jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 jars (24 ounches) marinara sauce
  • chopped parsley

Steps

  1. In a large bowl combine ricotta cheese, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic and italian seasoning. 
  2. Divide and fill each shell with cheese mixture
  3. Add 3 cups of sauce to the bottom of the crockpot
  4. Fill the bottom of the crockpot with filled shells
  5. Cover with sauce
  6. Stack the rest of the shells on top of the original layer
  7. Top remaining stuffed shells with sauce
  8. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours until shells are cooked
  9. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top, wait until melted then add parsley and serve

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  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    I loveeeeeee stuffed shells! I had no idea you could make them in a crockpot!

    • Megan

      Me either! So easy!

  • Jen

    I just made stuffed shells the other night but never thought to put them in the crock pot, that’s brilliant!

    • Megan

      Sooo easy but you just have to be careful about ones touching the sides, they burn so quickly!

  • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

    Stuffed Shells are my favorite!! My sister and I have bonded over manicotti or stuffed shells many, many times. I am about to try a smoothie diet (i’ll probably die) but afterwards I am all about this! Thanks for sharing!

    • Megan

      You’re doing Anna smoothie cleanse??! Let me know how that goes! But after, yes, make these!

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    YUM. Stuffed shells are my favorite. We make them with gluten-free shells and dairy-free cheese and it is AMAZING.