Jumbo pasta shells filled with melty cheese, marinara and meatballs make for such an easy appetizer or meal! Everyone will ask for these Meatball Stuffed Pasta Shells again and again! 

Meatball Stuffed Pasta Shells

Mama Mia! These meatball stuffed pasta shells are marvelous in so many ways.

They’re quick and easy to make with minimal ingredients.

They’re impressive to serve. Everyone thinks they’re such a creative way to serve and enjoy meatballs!

And most importantly, they’re so delicious! All I hear is “mmmm…mmmm…mmmm” as people are eating them.

Meatball Stuffed Pasta Shells

I’ve served these meatball stuffed pasta shells on so many different occasions and they’re a huge hit every time. Kids and adults love them! Whether it’s a quick-to-the-table family dinner on a busy weeknight, an easy-to-grab appetizer for a dinner party with friends, a comforting meal to take to a family who just had a baby or as part of our gameday spread, it’s one of my current favorite recipes to make and serve.

Cooked Perfect® fully cooked frozen meatballs make this recipe, just that, perfect! These meatballs are always consistent. They’re juicy, flavorful and sized just right for a finger food that you can eat in two tasty bites.

Meatball Stuffed Pasta Shells

Just a few handy ingredients and a little prep time is all it takes to make these great meatball stuffed pasta shells. Let me show you how…

Start by boiling the jumbo pasta shells with a few teaspoons of olive oil while the meatballs simmer in your favorite marinara pasta sauce.

Meatball Stuffed Pasta Shells

Drain the pasta shells and let them cool enough to touch. Arrange them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and start stuffing them with all the yumminess.

Fill each shell with 1 teaspoon shredded mozzarella cheese, a marinara simmered meatball topped with a little more marinara sauce, and another teaspoon of shredded mozzarella cheese.

The stuffed pasta shells then go into a 400°F oven for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Meatball Stuffed Pasta Shells

That’s all there is to it! You can garnish each one with some chopped basil, if desired, and serve as an appetizer, side dish or main meal. They’re truly perfect for any occasion!

Meatball Stuffed Pasta Shells

I hope you find this recipe as fun to make and tasty to eat as we do. My family and friends beg for them which makes me so happy!



This post was created as part of my partnership with Cooked Perfect however thoughts and opinions are certainly my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The BakerMama possible.

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Meatball Stuffed Pasta Shells

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  • Author: Maegan - The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 20
  • Category: Appetizer


Jumbo pasta shells filled with melty cheese, marinara and meatballs make for such an easy appetizer or meal! Everyone will ask for these Meatball Stuffed Pasta Shells again and again!


  • 1 (25 ounce) jar marinara pasta sauce
  • 1 (20 ounce) bag Cooked Perfect® fully cooked frozen meatballs
  • 1 (12 ounce) box jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • chopped fresh basil, for garnishing (optional)


  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the marinara sauce over medium heat until it starts to simmer. Add the frozen meatballs, cover and let simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Fill a large pot with 4-6 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add 2 teaspoons olive oil and then add the jumbo pasta shells. Cook pasta shells for 9 minutes, drain and let cool enough so you can touch them, just a few minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Spread 20 of the cooked and cooled pasta shells out evenly on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Fill each shell with 1 teaspoon cheese, 1 marinara-simmered meatball, a teaspoon of marinara sauce from the saucepan, and another teaspoon of mozzarella cheese on top. Place the filled pasta shell back on the baking sheet. Repeat process until all meatballs have been stuffed into a pasta shell.
  5. Bake for about 5 minutes or until cheese on top of each stuffed pasta shell is melted.

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  1. Hi Bakermama, Thank you for your reply… How ironic finding your message. Going to start putting that together now… Thanks again BakerMama…

  2. Hi Bakermama, I just found recipe… It looks delicious… I live alone, so can this be frozen in a airtight container ? What would be the best to reheat them ? Thank you for sharing…

    1. Hi Ben! Yes! To freeze, place the stuffed shells on a lined baking sheet in the freezer just long enough for the outsides to harden slightly. This will prevent them from sticking together in the freezer. Then, place the shells in a freezer-safe sealed container or in a baking dish you could use to reheat them in later. Cover with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil if freezing in a baking dish. When ready to serve, remove the shells from the freezer. You can either cook the shells from frozen, or allow them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat the shells, covered in foil, in an oven-safe container at 350 until heated through. Hope this helps. Enjoy!