Stuffed Shells with Ricotta , Arugula , and fresh Basil

April 9, 2014

Stuffed #Shells with #Ricotta ,# Arugula , and fresh #Basil

This version of Stuffed Shells definitely one my ALL-time favorites! ARUGULA that lovely Spicy and sometimes Peppery leaf! This recipe takes on a whole NEW Flavor sensation with the combination of Ricotta Cheese, Arugula, and FRESH Basil!


Ingredients needed
  • 1 box jumbo pasta shells
  • 32 ounces of Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided by 2
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 6 ounces fresh arugula, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 3 cups pasta sauce, your recipe or favorite brand


  1. Prepare shells using package directions for al dente cooking method. Be sure not to overcook the pasta, as your shells need to remain firm.
  2. While pasta is cooking, in large glass dish add ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, chopped arugula, fresh basil, minced garlic, kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Thoroughly combine all ingredients.
  3. Once pasta is done, drain and rinse pasta in cold water. Drain again and place on a clean dry dishcloth.
  4. Spray glass oven-safe baking dish with nonstick spray to ease clean up.
  5. Using a spoon scoop mixture into shells a little at a time, careful not to overfill. Pour 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce into the bottom of a shallow baking dish. Place each shell in baking dish. Cover with remainder of sauce.
  6. Cover with the remaining sauce and bake covered with aluminum foil for 15 minutes. Remove the foil add remainder of mozzarella cheese and continue baking another 10-15 minutes.
  7. Serve warm.



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  • Reply
    Sandra Shaffer
    August 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Oh, I love that you added Arugula to this stuffed shells dish. I bet it perks up the ricotta with a peppery flavor! Looks tasty!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      August 2, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      I loved The flavors! However The next day The flavors were a little stronger…but still very good!

  • Reply
    Priya Shiva
    August 1, 2014 at 6:17 am

    wow! the shells looks flavorsome and delectable!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      August 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you!Stuffed Shells with Ricotta , Arugula , and fresh Basil is definitely one of our family’s favorites.Thank you for the kind compliments .

  • Reply
    July 31, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Heidy – I love stiffed shells and the idea of arugula is superb. I am totally going to try this my next time I make shells. I will let you know how it works out. Pinning for later.

  • Reply
    Ronda@Kitchen Dreaming
    April 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Heidy! These look awesome. I can’t wait to try out your recipe!

  • Reply
    Heidy L. McCallum
    April 9, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you Nicole <3

  • Reply
    Nicole Neverman
    April 9, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    These look wonderful! I will definitely be trying out this one soon 🙂

  • Reply
    April 9, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Heidy, wonderful as always! Looks so fresh and delicious!

  • Reply
    April 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    These look so good, one of my favorite things is a pasta shell!!!

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