Olive Garden Giant Stuffed Shells Copycat Recipe

Olive Garden Stuffed Shells are one of my their most popular dishes and one of my most popular recipes! They're cheesy, saucy and delicious - plus - easy to make! 
I've been really enjoying my copycat Olive Garden recipes and thought I'd make this one up for myself. These Olive Garden jumbo stuffed shells are filled with four cheeses and then topped with alfredo sauce, marinara sauce as well as toasted breadcrumbs. 

How to Make Olive Garden Stuffed Shells

My mom used to make stuffed manicotti when I was a kid - and it's pretty much the same technique. You cook your pasta - jumbo shells in this case - a little al dente (underdone). Then you gently take a mixture of cheeses (ricotta, mozzarella, provolone and Parmesan) and stuff the pasta. You can use either a spoon but sometimes it's just easier to use your hands. Be gentle so the pasta doesn't split open. 

Olive Garden Stuffed Shells Nutrition Info

Seriously? If you have to ask...you really don't want to know. It's got a lot of cheese...bhahaha! 

These giant stuffed shells are so delicious though - they're worth it! I love that it has alfredo and marinara - cheesy and fresh! I went a little semi-homemade with this and made my alfredo but used pre-made marinara. 

What to serve with Olive Garden Jumbo Stuffed Shells

Well - that's easy! Of course you're going to make the legendary Olive Garden House Salad with Italian Dressing! You could always try and make their breadsticks - but sometimes I like biscuits and butter with my pasta! 

These Olive Garden Jumbo Stuffed Shells will be everybody's favorite from here on out! No need to hit the OG when you can make them at home! (And it only took about 35 minutes!) 

And don't miss out on my latest Olive Garden Copycat! Their new Oven Baked Pasta Chicken Alfredo Tortelloni

Copycat Olive Garden Giant Stuffed Shells

Yield: 4
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 40 M
Olive Garden introduced new giant features and one was the Giant Stuffed Shells. They're stuffed with four cheeses and then topped with marinara and alfredo sauce. And they are delicious!!! But you don't have to go to Olive Garden to get them - you can have them in your own home!


  • 16 jumbo shells
  • 15 oz ricotta
  • 1 cup mozzarella/provolone mix, shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan, shredded
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 15 oz. store-bought marinara (I like Barilla)
  • 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp butter
Alfredo Sauce
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1 cup Parmesan, shredded
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella/provolone mix, shredded


How to cook Copycat Olive Garden Giant Stuffed Shells

  1. Preheat oven to 400 
  2. Cook shells 12 min (package said 9 but I felt like they needed longer)
  3. In a bowl, mix ricotta, mozzarella/provolone, Parmesan basil, oregano and garlic. Stir well.
  4. Rinse pasta with cool water
  5. Spray 8x8 pan with nonstick spray (I love this Rachael Ray baking dish
  6. Add 1 cup marinara to bottom of pan
  7. Stuff shells with 2 tbsp filling per shell - use small spoon or hands
  8. Place each shell on top of the marinara 
  9. Cover with aluminum foil and Bake at 400 for 20 min
  10. In skillet, melt 1 Tbsp butter - add breadcrumbs - stir until toasty brown 1-2 min - spoon into a small bowl and set aside. 
  11. When 5 minutes left on shells - In same skillet melt 6 Tbsp butter
  12. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute
  13. Slowly stir in half and half and both cheeses 
  14. Stir together until all cheese are melted and sauce is smooth
  15. Remove shells from oven
  16. Spoon alfredo sauce over top and around shells
  17. Add a little more marinara on top
  18. Sprinkle bread crumbs and any extra Parmesan cheese on top
  19. Broil on high for 2-3 min until cheese browns slightly


  1. Im excited to try this recipe but I'm afraid to mess it up. What flame do you cook the breadcrumbs and everything else on? Low, medium, high?

  2. i would broil on low or medium and just watch them - it's only going to take a couple of minutes to brown - you can do it!

  3. This was just ok. I would make this again with a few minor changes. I would skip the breadcrumbs altogether and reduce the amount of oregano. I don't know how you get 2 Tbsp of filling in those shells. I did buy jumbo shells and could only get 1 tbsp with maybe a smidge extra in a few. I also used a bit more marinara than what was called for. My husband is a saucy kind of guy ;) Overall, I would try it again.

  4. Do you boil the noodles first?

  5. Could you just as easily substitute the marinara in the bottom of the pan before baking for alfredo if you wanted them to be solely alfredo shells? Obviously with the four cheese inside the shells. If not alfredo, what should I use instead? I dont want the cheese to burn or anything.

    1. Yup - of course - you can always sub stuff to make it the way YOU like it!

  6. I just made this for my family and they loved it!!! It’s so delicious and I substituted the sauces and cheeses to my liking and it turned out perfect. I also added ground beef because I like a meat sauce. Thank you!!!!