Italian Shells Casserole

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by kstrating

This is another recipe I ran across early in our marriage 30 short yrs ago. (I bought a little blank, hardbound book to write special recipes in). DH loves it. Falls into the comfort food category. Cheesy and mmm, mmm good. Add a salad, and dinner is complete!

Top Review by ladycloud_2843672

This was delicious! In order to cut down on the calories, I used ground turkey and low fat cheeses and sour cream. Since I make my own marinara sauce, it was already low fat. I found that the amount of shredded cheeses and marinara called for in the recipe were not enough for me, so I added an additional. However, the next time I make this, I will substitute the sour cream with ricotta cheese for a more lasagna tasting dish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook shells and drain (while waiting, go on to next steps).
  2. Brown ground beef and drain. Add salt, pepper, and marinara sauce. Simmer 20 minutes.
  3. In deep pan, line bottom with 1/2 of the shells. Cover with half of the meat sauce. Spread half of the sour cream lightly over and then sprinkle with half of both the cheeses. Repeat.
  4. Cover and bake at 350°F for 40 minutes.
  5. Uncover and bake 20 minutes more.

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