Chicken Ricotta Stuffed Shells

This recipe for chicken ricotta stuffed shells is a yummy meal developed to be enjoyed by friends, family, and neighbors. Bring it to your next potluck or enjoy over connecting with family at the dinner table.

Close up of jumbo pasta shells with ground chicken, spinach, and cheese.

Before a couple of weeks ago, I have never had Stuffed Shells. I’ve pinned many tempting recipes but never stepped out of my “pasta comfort zone” of penne or capellini.

Chicken Ricotta Stuffed Shells

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Spatula lifting a jumbo pasta shell stuffed with honey garlic chicken and ricotta.

I recently went to Prince George (my closest form of city civilization) to visit my bestie, Katie. I hadn’t seen her since her wedding in September, so this visit was more than past due. We caught up over coffee, went over her gorgeous Project Life album and went shopping. It was much-needed girl time, and since I left my son back with his grandparents it was also much needed “Randa time”. Even better, I didn’t have to cook dinner. Katie made a delicious dinner of Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells, accompanied with wine from our favorite Okanagan winery (Silver Sage). Here’s the original recipe she used, and what I adapted the below recipe from.

It sparked a new love for stuffed shells.

Randa’s Tip: I’ve changed this recipe many – many times since I first had it and I finally have it down to my family’s liking. I’ve tried hot italian sausage, breakfast sausage, but my favorite is honey garlic chicken sausage (not the breakfast style – the thick style).

Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Chicken and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Some of the changes I made to the original recipe: I added more tomato sauce. I’m a big sauce person…big. The richer and saucier, the better. So I added a little more to the bottom and top to the dish and oh em gee…

Ricotta Stuffed Shells being lifted by a spatula

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Close up of jumbo pasta shells with ground chicken, spinach, and cheese.
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Chicken Ricotta Stuffed Shells

This recipe for chicken ricotta stuffed shells is a yummy meal made to be enjoyed by friends, family, and neighbors. Bring it to your next potluck or enjoy over connecting with family at the dinner table.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta shells, ricotta, stuffed shells
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 25 shells
Calories 152

Ingredients

Filling

  • 4-5 chicken sausage I used a honey garlic flavour
  • 1 16oz small container of ricotta 454g
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp  lemon juice
  • 1 tsp  basil
  • 1 egg

Sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup frozen spinach thawed
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 6oz cans tomato paste
  • 1 tsp  dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp  basil
  • Sea salt to taste

Shells

  • 25 jumbo pasta shells
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 F.

  • Cook the jumbo pasta shells as directed on the box. Drain and set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile put together the filling and sauce.

Filling

  • Squeeze the chicken sausage from the casings into a bowl, add the rest of the filling ingredients and mix well. Set aside.

Sauce

  • Add the olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the onion.
  • Saute until almost translucent and add the garlic. Stir for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a low simmer.
  • Remove from heat.

Putting it together

  • In a large 9x13 pan, scoop half of the sauce and spread over the bottom.
  • Take a jumbo pasta shell and spoon some the filling inside (roughly 1 tbsp), finish until there is no more filling.
  • Lay the shells over the sauce, and spoon the remaining mixture over.
  • Drizzle the shells with olive oil, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Pull the pan out of the oven, take off the foil and top with the mozzarella cheese.
  • Broil for 5 minutes or until the dish is brown, bubbly and irresistible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.8g | Protein: 8.7g | Fat: 8.8g | Saturated Fat: 3.3g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 372.5mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 2.6g
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39 comments on “Chicken Ricotta Stuffed Shells”

  1. These look great and would work well all veggie too!

  2. Those look so yummy!!! I usually make vegetarian stuffed shells, but good idea with the meat!

    Yay for the SITS Girls for helping me find your blog!

  3. Oh my goodness!!! It looks SOOOOOO delicious!!!! I want some right now! haha
    P.S. The photography is GREAT!!

  4. This looks really good. Love using sausage as well

  5. This looks so yummy. I have been looking for some new and fairly simple recipes as I feel like we are eating the same thing all the time. Will have to give this a try!

  6. That looks heavenly!! All I have to do now is find some huge gluten free noodles!! I can’t wait! YUM

  7. Looks great!!! 🙂

  8. This looks delicious. I want to give this a try. I love pasta and have been looking for a way to try different types of pasta.

  9. This looks delicious and your photos are great too. I’m hungry now. Commenting from SITS

  10. that looks delicious – I haven’t made stuffed pasta before, but I sure do love it..I might need to give this recipe a try!

  11. Can’t believe you’d never tried stuffed shells before! They are also great stuffed with Bolognese sauce – a new take on spag bol!

  12. Your stuffed shees look delish! I hope you have a nice Valentine’s Day! Found you from SITS and following on Twitter and Facebook – great blog!

  13. These look absolutely delicious! I have actually never made stuffed shells before, but my family loves pasta! Definitely will have to try them…pinned!

  14. I have stayed away from stuffed shells too, but it’s because I don’t like ricotta cheese. Last week I tried a lasagna recipe and subbed plain Greek yogurt for the ricotta and it was awesome!! Now I can try stuffed shells again!! I think my kids would enjoy this and I think I’ve got the ingredients on hand! Double bonus!!

  15. This looks so good! Stopping by from SITS.

  16. I’ve made stuffed shells before, but never quite like this! It looks super yummy! Definitely going on my meal plan!

  17. Wow, can you come cook for me please 😉

  18. These look great! Poppin’ by from SITS Comment Love Tribe. xx

  19. These look great! My husband wants to try going vegetarian for awhile and these look like something that could be easily adapted! I’ve pinned them for later!

  20. Yum! I’m going to try this either with shells or as a lasagna roll up. Stopping by from the SITS Girls.

  21. This looks delicious and easy. I’m going to give meal planning a try because I’m trying to lose weight so I appreciate when people share good recipes with beautiful pictures.

  22. We love stuffed shells. They are my usual Christmas dinner meal. This looks like a delicious change up to my usual plain recipe! Thank you!

  23. This looks so good. My hubby would love this. He can’t have food without meat. LOL. I would have to skip the onions though. I thought I was the only person that include ground sausage or ground beef with stuffed shells. Pinning this now.

  24. How much ricotta cheese? 106 ounces seems Like a bit much

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