Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Jumbo Shells with Marinara and Ground Beef Sauce


1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup wilted spinach, fresh or frozen 

1 can (24 ounces) marinara sauce

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, split

24 pieces jumbo pasta shells

24 ounces ricotta cheese

2 cups freshly shredded mozzarella cheese

1 egg, beaten



In a large pot over medium heat, add ground beef and cook, stirring and breaking apart with the back of a spoon, until lightly browned and releases fat. With a slotted spoon, remove meat from pan and set aside. Discard grease except for about 1 tablespoon..

Add meat and o marinara sauce. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil.

Add salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.

Lower heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes or until meat is cooked. 

Meanwhile, in a pot of boiling water, cook jumbo shells about 1 minute shy of package directions. Drain, layer on a sheet pan, and allow to cool.


In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, spinach, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese,  1/2 tsp Italian seasoning , and egg. 

Using a small scoop or tablespoon, stuff pasta shells with cheese mixture.

In a greased baking dish, add half of the meat sauce. and spread to cover the bottom of the pan. 

Arrange stuffed shells open side up in a single layer. Cover with remaining sauce and sprinkle top with the remaining 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese. 

Cover with foil and bake in a 400 F oven for about 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted. Serve hot.

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Published by snackswithjax

Sarah is the creator and mom behind "Snacks with Jax", a social media community of over 85,000 parents/caregivers, where she shares her son's meals, nutrition information, and evidence-based tips for feeding children. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition emphasizing in Wellness from Texas Woman's University and years of experience as a culinary instructor working with ages 2+. She has coached hundreds of parents & caregivers through the journey introducing solids to babies and also navigating picky eating with toddlers and older children. Her focus is on establishing a life-long healthy relationship with food for children while also empowering, encouraging, and educating their adult caregivers.

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