Baked Pasta Shells

Baked Pasta Shells Recipe
Photo: Andrew McCaul; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps


Jarred marinara sauce gives you a head start on this kid-friendly dinner of Baked Pasta Shells.


Serves: 8

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Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 479
Fat 22 g
Satfat 12 g
Protein 24 g
Carbohydrate 45 g
Fiber 5 g
Cholesterol 55 mg
Sodium 814 mg


1 12-oz. box jumbo pasta shells
2 15-oz. containers ricotta
1 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 24-oz. jar marinara sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook shells until just tender. Drain and set aside to cool slightly.

2. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Combine ricotta, basil, Parmesan and garlic in a bowl. Season with salt.

3. Spread half of marinara sauce over bottom of a 9-by-13-inch broiler-safe baking dish. Spoon ricotta mixture into shells and place open sides up in baking dish. Cover with remaining marinara, sprinkle with mozzarella and bake 10 to 12 minutes. Turn oven to broil and broil until cheese begins to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.