Move aside, lasagna—stuffed pasta shells are the ultimate comfort food. Before you roll your eyes (we're looking at you, pasta connoisseurs), we dare you to click through this collection of recipes without salivating. Including classic ricotta-stuffed pasta shells, pesto cheese–stuffed shells, and even a tofu-filled vegan variety, these recipes are so good they might just inspire you to take a cheat day on your Whole30 diet and start grating Parmesan stat. Ahead are seven recipes that prove stuffed pasta shells are winter's antidote.
These pesto cheese–stuffed shells are baked to perfection in a quick ragù-style sauce. "I love using a spicy sausage to add flavor without having to cook the sauce all day long," confesses recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "I also use a little vodka in the sauce to give it an extra kick," she adds.
Packed with zucchini, butternut squash, and ricotta, these stuffed shells pack a nutritious punch. "I made sure to cut all of my veggies into a small dice, not only so they'd all have a similar bite, but so they'd cook at the same rate too," reveals Heidi of Foodie Crush.
Boasting a blend of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan, these cheesy, stuffed giant pasta shells are the definition of decadent. Recipe creator Sarah of Stuck in the Kitchen suggests serving with "a small green bitter salad" to balance out your meal a bit.
You probably wouldn't guess it by looking at them, but these easy stuffed pasta shells are vegan-friendly. Yes, really. "The roasted eggplant pieces in the filling kind of make these shells," says Dana of Minimalist Baker. "Doused in tomato sauce, it's like heaven on a fork."
Looking for a quick-and-easy weeknight meal to satisfy a comfort-food craving fast? These simple spinach and ricotta stuffed shells are the answer. The best part? They make excellent leftovers, so one batch will feed you for the week (and they freeze well too).
The hero ingredient in these turkey sausage–stuffed shells is hands down the mascarpone. "The addition of the mascarpone in the filling, instead of the usual ricotta, makes the filling extra rich and creamy," says Jenny of Spoon Fork Bacon. Creamy, saucy, cheesy—count us in.
These spinach- and ricotta-stuffed pasta shells call for spicy chorizo in lieu of standard ground beef. The team at the lifestyle site Salt & Wind "upped the ante and threw in some chorizo for a bit more heft and a smoky note," which is honestly something we can get behind here at MyDomaine.