A crowd-pleasing, child-requested favorite! No certain amounts so feel free to adjust to suit your family.


  • box of large shell pasta
  • large carton large curd cottage
  • mozzarella, at least cup
  • T parsley (to make it look pretty)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • (can sneak in some finely chopped, cooked broccoli or spinach)
  • 1 can of your favorite spaghetti sauce

Boil noodles according to directions on box. Mix above ingredients (adjust amount of seasoning to your liking) and stuff individual shells. Place a small amount of sauce in bottom of pan so that shells don’t stick. Top with your favorite spaghetti sauce and a sprinkling of mozzarella. Freeze or bake at 350 degrees until bubbly (about 20-30 minutes. More if frozen).

I also like the alternate way of doing this in Once a Month Cooking. Stuff the shells, freeze them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Once frozen, move to a zip closing freezer bag – separate from the sauce. You can pull out as many shells as you need and make as large a casserole dish as you need.

Definitely a favorite.


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What’s your family’s favorite recipe?