By TheDancingCook on March 21, 2003
Photo by * Pamela *
Photo by * Pamela *
"My non-ricotta cheese-eating husband always raved about "the meat stuffed shells his mom used to make." His grandmother recently wrote to the TV guide (where this recipe originated) and they were kind enough to send back the recipe, dated September 13, 1976. I have to agree, these are delicious! Serve with a tossed salad and garlic bread. The prep time includes the pasta/beef cooking; the cook time is the baking time for the casserole."
Serving Size: 1 (284 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"These are great!! I got 1 9*13 and 1 8*8 pan but that was OK cause we all ate seconds. One tip that was on the box of shells that I used was to only cook the shells 9 min then drain and dump out onto a cookie sheet. This was awesome advice because the shells didn't touch each other on the cookie sheet so they didn't stick together. And they were still firm enough to stuff with out them ripping. Definitely adding this to the Keeper file."
"Yep, I'm not a big ricotta fan either. My recipe is a variation of yours in that I combine (cooked) lean ground beef and ground pork with my eggs, cheeses (I use parmesan, asiago, sharp provolone), bread crumbs, spices (oregano, sweet basil, parsley, salt & pepper), minced garlic, minced onion, and spinach filling before putting those big boys down in the "marinara pool" in my casserole dish - topping with a combo of mozarella, sliced baby portabellas, and sweet peppers. :0)"
"We loved these! We omitted the red wine, used ground turkey instead of beef, added mushrooms to the stuffing mixture, and put in manicotti shells (couldn't find jumbo shells). Tried another manicotti recipe tonight, and found myself wishing I'd just added the rapini I was using up to this recipe instead! Thank you!"
"This was a good recipe to eliminate ricotta- the wine was not needed. I cook with wine all the time but this was not good. If the wine wasn't there I would have loved it. It is what it is- no need to jazz it up..."
"I made this recipe for a nice get together with the kids. They all raved on how good this was. Would not change a thing in this recipe."
"These were good but a bit time consuming to make. I omitted the wine and the tomato sauce but followed the rest of the recipe as written. I got 24 stuffed shells. I made these the night before and then cooked them after work. I did add another eight ounces of cheese on top before cooking. We enjoyed these."
"Perfect! My husband does not like ricotta at all! And I need stuffed shells! So this was great. The flavor was great and the texture was right on. I didn't use the tomato sauce or the wine. My 2 boys (4 and 2 years old) and my DH loved it. DH went back for seconds and the boys cleaned their plates! Keeper!"
"Great recipe! I added a couple extra cloves of garlic and omitted the wine, but otherwise followed the recipe as written. I will definitely be making this dish again."
"We have never made stuffed shells before. This recipe was easy and so flavorful. We will definitely make this again and look for others like it. Super good!"
"Made this for dinner tonight, and it was a huge hit! The filling was perfect. I made a few with a cheese filling, for my picky little one - but even she preferred the meat option! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!"
"These are delicious! Everyone went back for seconds and agreed these are far better than cheese stuffed shells. I did make two changes though...I didn't have enough hamburger, so I did 1/2 hamburger and 1/2 turkey. I also did not have parsley, so I added some basil. I will definitely be making these again, especially since the hubby requested them for his lunches. :-)"
"Great recipe I make these often in triple batches and flash freeze the shells and then later cook them up using our favorite canned spaghetti sauce (without wine) for an easy weeknight meal!"
"This recipe is good and easy. I didn't have ricotta so it was perfect for what I needed. I also "baked" mine on the gas grill (20 minutes at just above 400 F). Turned out perfect. Thanks TheDancingCook!"
"(4.5 STARS) I was pleasantly surprised how good this turned out without the ricotta, me being a fan. I used 1.5lbs of ground turkey, half of a large yellow onion and omitted the tomato sauce and just used extra Prego Three Cheese spaghetti sauce. I was tempted to cook the sauce first and add my normal seasoning of sugar and soy sauce, but the wine (a red blend) was actually enough for the sauce. I was able to stuff 18, but had to place them in like sardines. The making of the dish was a little messy and hands on, and a baked ziti with less effort would have tasted just as good. I'm still glad I made it, and I think it's a great recipe for kids to get their hands dirty with."
"This was good. I added extra garlic and used homeade spaghettis sauce. From now on I will make the kind with ricotta. We liked it but it tasted just like spaghetti and took more work. Thanks for posting. Donna"
"I made these using ground turkey and left out the wine. They were fabulous! I've made them for company and just for us. My 4 and 6 year old like them too, which is always a plus when I don't have to hear complaints about the meal! Thanks for this recipe!"
"I have a husband that hates ricotta so he got excited when he saw the name of the dish. I had to improvise a little when I went to the fridge to pull out the mozzarella. I had none, so I used 4 mozzarella sticks and used parmesan for the remainder of the cheese needed. It will be better next time with more cheese!We both loved it, thanks for posting!"
"Not only do i hate ricotta, but my ever so wonderful boyfriend is "mr. protein" and not a fan of pasta dishes...HE LOVED THIS!!! these shells are SO great!!! and they are the PERFECT meal to make when company comes over because you can prepare them ahead of time then just throw them in the oven when you're ready to bake them. i actually used 1lb ground beef and a 1/2lb of sausage and they were DELICIOUS! this one is DEFINITELY going to be in the rotation...and the real beauty is, the leftovers are even BETTER the next day!! thank you for a BEYOND fabulous recipe. :-)"
"So good! I doubled the recipe and used Italian sausage for 1/2lbs. ground beef. I used the filling to stuff cannelloni crepes."
"We don't mind a little ricotta but these are a nice change of pace. I've been wanting to make them for a long time but it always seemed like a time consuming recipe stuffing each shell..but it was actually very simple and easy. Thanks for a new family favorite!"