Olive Garden Jumbo Stuffed Shells Copycat Recipe

Unless you've been living under a rock - you've probably seen the commercials for the Jumbo specials at Olive Garden. They've got Jumbo Chicken Parmesan, Jumbo Meatballs and...

Jumbo Stuffed Shells!

I've been really enjoying my Olive Garden recipes and thought I'd make this one up for myself. These guys are stuffed with four cheeses and then topped with alfredo sauce, marinara sauce as well as toasted breadcrumbs. 

And I've got the recipe for you! It's actually pretty easy! 

How to Make 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 jumbo 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!) 



Copycat Olive Garden Jumbo Stuffed Shells

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prep time: 15 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 40 M
Olive Garden introduced new jumbo features and one was the Jumbo 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!

ingredients:

  • 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 used Buitoni)
  • 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

instructions:

How to cook Copycat Olive Garden Jumbo 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  
  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








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