Pizza stuffed shells combine pasta and pizza into a cheesy and delicious combo

Dinner At The Zoo

Pizza or pasta? Pasta or pizza? It’s so hard to pick just one — and now, you don’t have to. Pizza-stuffed shells are your clever answer to dinnertime drama. Combining all of your favorite pizza flavors, this pasta recipe is going to become a favorite in your household.

Foodie and mom of three Sara at Dinner At The Zoo created this stuffed-shells recipe as a family-friendly way to please kids and adults alike. Made with pizza sauce, mozzarella, ricotta cheese, Italian seasoning and the most adorable mini pepperonis, these jumbo stuffed shells are sure to make your mouth water. You can also sprinkle chopped parsley on top, provided your kiddos don’t cringe at anything green.

The awesome thing about this recipe is that you can also prepare it up to eight hours ahead of time and then store it in the fridge. You can then take it out and heat it for just 30 minutes. Then voila! A warm, hearty dinner is served. Find the full recipe on Dinner At The Zoo.

While Sara tops her pizza stuffed shells with mini pepperonis, the possibilities for toppings are endless. Perhaps you’d rather stuff your pizza shells with sausage or ham. For example, on The Girl Who Ate Everything, Christy makes her stuffed shells with both pepperoni and sausage, while the Food Network makes Meat Lover’s Stuffed Shells that include ground beef, spicy Italian sausage, pepperoni and bacon. Yum!

The Girl Who Ate Everything

Similarly, Pillsbury recommends stuffing your pizza shells with cooked ground beef, pepperoni, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. The result is pizza-pasta perfection!


If you don’t eat meat, you can simply make your shells with cheese or include fresh veggies such as bell peppers, mushrooms or black olives.

Over at Two Peas and Their Pod, Maria and Josh make vegetarian pizza stuffed shells with eggplant, zucchini and spinach. Yum!

Two Peas and Their Pod

Feeling hungry yet?

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