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Kid-Friendly Beef and Vegetable Stuffed Shells

Easy Italian beef and vegetable stuffed shells with ricotta. A healthy, kid-friendly freezer meal for the entire family! Baby led weaning appropriate too!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 21 large shells cooked according to package instructions and cooled (make extra as some may break)
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli florets thawed and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper (can leave out)
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 10 oz. frozen spinach thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil roughly chopped
  • 2 cups favorite marinara sauce or no salt added tomato sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese can add less if you want


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Heat a large pan. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up chunks, for about 2-3 min. Add zucchini, broccoli, garlic and saute until softened, about 5 min. or so. add tomato paste and oregano and stir to combine. Turn off the heat. Stir in ricotta, spinach, and basil.
  • Spread some tomato sauce over the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Spoon filling into each shell and place them open side up into the dish. Fit them together snuggly. Pour remaining sauce over top, sprinkle with cheese.
  • Cover and bake for 20-25 min. Remove foil and bake for additional 10 min.


Make ahead tips:
You can make prepare the shells the night before, cover and refrigerate. When ready to serve the next day, add about 5 more minutes to the baking time.
You can freeze unbaked shells for a month or so. Cover tightly with plastic wrap then with foil and place in the freezer. Thaw completely in the fridge, about 24 hours, then follow the instructions above.


Calories: 260kcal | Protein: 21g | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 3mg
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
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