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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Cheesy Stuffed Shells

An incredible baked pasta dish that uses whipped cottage cheese as the base of a cheesy Italian filling. A delicious dinner that everyone will love!

This post is sponsored by AE Dairy, but all opinions are my own.

Collage of cheesy stuffed shells with AE Dairy whipped smooth cottage cheese.

If any family it going to love a baked pasta dish it’s my family. I was so excited to test this new one on them because in the back of my head I just knew it would be a hit.

A cheesy filling inside large jumbo pasta shells with fresh marinara and mushrooms – all baked to perfection. What is there not to love?

An aerial shot of assembly of stuffed shells, marinara & mushrooms, cheesy filling and cooked jumbo pasta shells.

When AE Dairy and I started to dream up a new January recipe, I was thrilled to hear they have a BRAND NEW product on the market – their Whipped Smooth Cottage Cheese.

We’ve all seen just how popular cottage cheese has become as of late. Last year I blended it smooth in my Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream and in my Cheesy Spinach Dip. Well, AE Dairy heard and saw all the commotion and did us all a big favor – they created a packaged Whipped Smooth Cottage Cheese for us! No need to blend it up on our own, they did all the work for us.

Now you can enjoy all the flavor of their old-fashioned recipe without the curds.

A hand holding a jumbo pasta shell stuffed with cheese.

AE Dairy’s whipped cottage cheese makes for the most perfect filling in these jumbo pasta shells. I mixed it with dried minced onion flakes, salt, parsley, Italian seasoning, fresh minced garlic and two cheeses – both shredded Parmesan and mozzarella.

The ultimate cheesy combo.

I nestled these babies into some fresh marinara sauce and sliced mushrooms, topped them with more cheese and baked until bubbly.

A dish of cheesy stuffed shells with marinara and cheese.

You know the other great thing about this dish? It can be baked in the oven or it can be put on LOW in a crockpot for two hours. Perfect for busy families who have extra activities after school. Putting these shells in the crockpot allows you to set it on low and come back to a warm dinner after practices and games!

I served these with our favorite Caesar salad and warm garlic bread. The kids were in heaven!

An aerial shot of a plate of stuffed shells and some plated on a blue rimmed white plate with garlic bread.

Grab the ingredients for this one and put it on your meal rotation soon! Easy enough for a weeknight dinner, yet looks fancy enough to feed guests. And if feeding a bigger crowd double it!

This recipe makes 24 stuffed shells which fed my family of five (remember I have teenagers; they eat a lot). If you do have leftovers, they heat up remarkably well the next day for a quick lunch.

Collage of cheesy stuffed shells with AE Dairy Whipped Cottage Cheese.

Who is excited to make this dish?

A big thanks to AE Dairy for letting me create this comforting, family meal. I hope you like it as much as we did. When you make it please tag myself (@sweetsavoryeats) and (@aedairy), we’d love to see and share your creations!

Thank you to AE Dairy for sponsoring this post.


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