Beef and Mushroom Stuffed Shells


This recipe replaces half the beef with mushrooms for a wholesome take on stuffed shells.

Glass casserole dish of stuffed shells with melted cheese showing one spoonful up close
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
4 servings

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Beef and Mushroom Stuffed Shells

Stacey Freeman

Beef and Mushroom Stuffed Shells: A Perfect Family Meal

For Allrecipes Allstar Stacey Freeman, cooking this dish is about more than making a delicious dinner — it’s about heritage. 

“I never got to meet my grandparents who immigrated from Italy, but any time I make Italian dishes, I think about my family, and it makes me feel close to them,” she says. 

Notes From the Chef

“This easy pasta recipe is the perfect dish to serve a family because I know even the younger eaters are going to love it just as much as the adults,” according to Stacey. Check out a few of her favorite preparation and serving suggestions: 

  • Stacey recommends white, button or crimini mushrooms for this recipe. These varieties have simple flavors that blend well with the meat and cheeses.
  • If you're a wine drinker, consider pairing this hearty meal with a rich merlot or cabernet sauvignon.
  • “The perfect thing about this recipe is that you can use what you have on hand from any type of mushrooms to most ground meats,” Stacey says. So feel free to make this dish your own!

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1/2 (16-ounce package) jumbo pasta shells

  • 1/2 pound ground beef

  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, minced

  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 15 ounces prepared tomato sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Stir in shells and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain shells and set aside.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook and stir until mushrooms have softened and released their liquid, about 5 minutes. Drain and discard excess fat. Transfer meat mixture to a separate bowl and allow to cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.

  4. Stir ricotta cheese, egg, garlic, and oregano into cooled meat mixture until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Add 1/2 of tomato sauce to the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Fill each shell with about 1 teaspoon meat mixture and place filling-side-up in the baking dish. Repeat with remaining shells and filling. Spread remaining tomato sauce over shells, and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and starting to brown, approximately 25 minutes. Serve immediately.

Editor's Note:

8 ounces of jumbo shell pasta will yield 18 to 22 shells.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

515 Calories
27g Fat
32g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 515
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 149mg 50%
Sodium 961mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 419mg 32%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 923mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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