Easy Unstuffed Shells Recipe for Lunch or Dinner – Easy and Delicious version of Stuffed Shells!
This easy unstuffed shells recipe is perfect for a luncheon when something simple yet delicious is needed. Do you need something easy to take to a potluck? Unstuffed shells are perfect because they can be made in advance and then baked in the oven right before your event.
This dish is of course perfect for an easy dinner that just about everyone will love. Our unstuffed shells recipe uses no ground beef or meat so it’s a great choice for “Meatless Monday” or any day you would like to serve your dinner meatless.
(And we do love delicious meatless meals.)
Easy Recipe for Unstuffed Shells that the Whole Family will Love
- 1 box medium shells, uncooked
- 2 (15 oz.) jars pasta sauce
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 (15 oz.) carton ricotta cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook pasta according to packaged directions, drain well and put pasta back into the same pot. Stir in the butter and pasta sauce. Heat over medium-high heat for about 2-3 minutes to warm sauce.
Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with nonstick spray. Pour the shells into the dish and smooth into a single layer using the back of a spoon.
Mix together the ricotta cheese, egg and Parmesan cheese. Pour this on top of the shells and smooth with the back of the spoon over top of the shells.
Sprinkle the top with mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5 minutes.
This recipe starts out very similar to stuffed shells when you mix together the ricotta cheese, eggs and Parmesan. Don’t forget a few shakes of salt & pepper.
Use the back of a spoon to spread the ricotta cheese layer. You can add a little sprinkle of the shredded mozzarella here as well right after you spoon the shells into the casserole dish. (Just a little.) Then spread on the ricotta cheese layer.
The unstuffed shells are ready to go into the oven. Make sure to cover with foil before baking. You can also uncover and bake 5 additional minutes. This ensures everything is hot, bubbly and melted.
Leftovers are excellent so don’t be afraid of making too much. This recipe also freezes well to be used at a later date.
Looking for an easy dinner? Try our spaghetti and frozen meatballs dinner.