Make-Ahead Unstuffed Shells

75 6 servings, 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) each
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6 servings, 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) each

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  • Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Meanwhile, brown meat in large skillet. Stir in pasta sauce; simmer on medium heat 2 min., stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  • Drain pasta. Whisk cream cheese product, milk and Parmesan in large bowl until well blended. Add pasta and basil; stir gently until pasta is evenly coated. Spread half the meat sauce onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with pasta mixture and remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella; cover with foil. Refrigerate up to 24 hours.
  • Heat oven to 375ºF. Bake casserole, covered, 40 to 45 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 30 min.


Substitute fresh parsley for the basil.


Casserole can be baked immediately after assembling. Reduce baking time to 30 min., uncovering after 20 min.

Special Extra

Garnish with additional 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil just before serving.


  • 6 servings, 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 6 servings, 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) each
Calories 570
% Daily Value
Total fat 18g
Saturated fat 9g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 740mg
Carbohydrate 60g
Dietary fibre 5g
Sugars 10g
Protein 39g
Vitamin A 20 %DV
Vitamin C 10 %DV
Calcium 30 %DV
Iron 35 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • scarlettspecial |

    One of our favorite meals. We make this every couple of weeks ~ and LOVE it. Thanks. :)

  • bettyinqc |

    Love make-ahead meals. This was easy and delicious. Could not find medium size shells in any of the stores so used Catelli large shells (about 1" uncooked)and they were just right. Also tried Chive & Onion cream cheese when the store was out of the regular - works well too!

  • valerie |

    Made this recipe exactly as stated. It was excellent. Kids, one very picky, both loved it.