Go Back
+ servings
Slow Cooker Stuffed Shells

Slow Cooker Stuffed Shells

Calling all pasta lovers! Slow Cooker Stuffed Shells are made in the crockpot and are filled with gooey cheese and savory marinara.
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword crock pot, crockpot, shells, slow cooker, stuffed
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 6


  • 1 slow cooker


  • 12 ounces jumbo pasta shells
  • 3 cups ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese shredded & divided
  • cups frozen spinach cooked and drained
  • 1 egg
  • 24 ounces pasta sauce
  • 1 pound ground sausage browned and drained
  • Parmesan cheese and parsley for topping


  • In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta to al dente. Keep in mind that these need to be super undercooked, they will cook more in the slow cooker. They just need to be pliable enough to fill them, you don't want them to fall apart. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile in a large bowl combine your ricotta cheese, spinach, 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese and egg. Stir to combine well.
  • Spread just a bit of the sauce into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Spoon the ricotta mixture into the cooked shells.
  • Place the stuffed shells into the slow cooker. You can stack them to fit them all.
  • Add the browned, drained sausage all over the shells.
  • Next spread the remaining sauce all over the top.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours until bubbly.
  • During the last 30 minutes of cooking, top with the remaining shredded cheese.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan and parsley and serve!