Copycat Olive Garden Stuffed Shells

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These copycat Olive Garden stuffed shells are loaded with rich, cheesy goodness. They’re the perfect weeknight meal for your family.

Closeup shot of fork stuck in copycat Olive Garden stuffed shells on plate

If you love that rich, cheesy flavor from the stuffed shells at Olive Garden, this recipe is for you. This copycat version is absolutely delicious, so cheesy, and so easy to make.

Copycat Olive Garden Stuffed Shells

Olive Garden’s stuffed shells are one of my favorite dishes from the restaurant. I order it frequently when we go there. One night, it occurred to me that rather than going to Olive Garden, I could just make them for myself and my family!

Closeup shot of forkful of sutffed shells over plate of more stuffed shells

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe.

  • jumbo shells
  • ricotta cheese
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder
  • garlic salt
  • spaghetti sauce
  • butter
  • Italian style breadcrumbs
  • heavy whipping cream
Stuffe shells ingredients on table

Instructions

Although this recipe has several steps, they’re all very easy when you break them down.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Step 2: Prepare an 8×8-inch baking dish by spraying it was nonstick cooking spray. 

Step 3: Next, spread 1 cup of spaghetti sauce in the bottom Set aside.

Overhead shot of sauce in baking dish.

Step 4: Prepare shells by cooking them according to the package directions. Set aside and allow to cool.

Step 5: In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1 tsp garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp garlic salt.

Closeup shot of cheeses in mixing bowl

Step 6: Stuff cooled shells with cheese mixture.

Closeup shot of hand holding shell stuffed with cheese mixture

Step 7: Place stuffed shells in the prepared baking dish.

Overhead shot of stuffed shells on top of spaghetti sauce in baking dish

Step 8: Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 32 minutes. 

Step 9: To prepare Alfredo sauce, place 7 tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until butter is melted.

Step 10: Slowly pour in 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream, stirring continuously.

Heavy cream being poured into pot with melted butter

Step 11: Add 1 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp garlic salt. Stir again.

Step 12: Add 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup grated parmesan Stir until smooth. Remove from heat

Step 13: When shells are cooked, drizzle Alfredo sauce over top of shells.

Overhead shot of cheese mixture spread over shells in baking dish

Step 14: Spoon remaining 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce over top also.

Overhead shot of spaghetti sauce spread over cheese mixture

Step 15: In a small bowl, melt 1 tbsp butter and stir in breadcrumbs.

Step 16: Sprinkle breadcrumbs over top.

Overhead shot of bread cumbs topping the copycat Olive Garden stuffed shells in baking dish

Step 17: Broil uncovered for 2-3 minutes or until top begins to brown.

Overhead shot of cooked copycat Olive Garden stuffed shells in baking dish

Equipment

You only need a few simple pieces of equipment to make this recipe.

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Baking dish
  • Saucepan

Substitutions

Half and Half or Whole Milk: If you don’t have heavy whipping cream, use half and half or whole milk.

Regular Bread Crumbs: If you don’t have Italian bread crumbs, simply add Italian seasoning to regular bread crumbs.

Overhead shot of copycat Olive Garden stuffed shells on spatula

Options

Looking for ways to change up this copycat Olive Garden stuffed shells recipe? Here are some suggestions.

Cottage Cheese: If you prefer your cheese mixture a bit wetter, use half cottage cheese and half ricotta.

Ground Beef: For a beefy twist, brown ground beef and add it to the spaghetti sauce.

Tips:

  • Be gentle when stuffing the shells so you don’t tear them.
  • Be sure you make the bottom layer of sauce nice and thick so the shells don’t stick or burn.
  • When adding the spaghetti sauce to the top of the cheese mixture, it’s better to pour it rather than try to spread it.
Closeup shot of copycat Olive Garden stuffed shells on plate with fork.

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FAQ

How long is this recipe good?

You can store it in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for 3 to 4 days.

Can you freeze this recipe?

I don’t recommend it. The noodles can get soggy.

How do you reheat this?

Cover the dish and bake it in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes or until heated through.

Copycat Olive Garden Stuffed Shells

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Yield: 5 servings

Copycat Olive Garden Stuffed Shells

Copycat Olive Garden Stuffed Shells

These copycat Olive Garden stuffed shells are just as good, if not better, than the original. They're an easy, cheesy dish you'll love.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 15 jumbo shells
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tsp garlic powder, divided
  • 1 tsp garlic salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce of your choice
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Prepare an 8x8-inch baking dish by spraying it was nonstick cooking spray.  Next, spread 1 cup of spaghetti sauce in the bottom Set aside.
  3. Prepare shells by cooking them according to the package directions. Set aside and allow to cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1 tsp garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp garlic salt.
  5. Stuff cooled shells with cheese mixture.
  6. Place stuffed shells in the prepared baking dish.
  7. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 32 minutes. 
  8. To prepare Alfredo sauce, place 7 tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until butter is melted.
  9. Slowly pour in 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream, stirring continuously.
  10. Add 1 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp garlic salt. Stir again.
  11. Add 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup grated parmesan Stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
  12. When shells are cooked, drizzle Alfredo sauce over top of shells.
  13. Spoon remaining 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce over top also.
  14. In a small bowl, melt 1 tbsp butter and stir in breadcrumbs.
  15. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over top.
  16. Broil uncovered for 2-3 minutes or until the top begins to brown.

Nutrition Information

Yield

5

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 1157Total Fat 55gSaturated Fat 32gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 155mgSodium 1662mgCarbohydrates 120gFiber 7gSugar 8gProtein 46g

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