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Crockpot stuffed shells

These crockpot stuffed shells are a "fast" crockpot recipe. There's no need to boil the shells beforehand just stuff them and go.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword crockpot stuffed shells
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 4
Author Two Pink Peonies


  • Crockpot (slow cooker)


  • 6 ounces jumbo pasta shells (I used approximately half a box of jumbo pasta shells)
  • 1/2 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1 jar tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water


  • There's no need to cook the shells first which makes things a lot easier.
  • Begin by browning the Italian sausage in a skillet until it is thoroughly cooked. Drain any excess fat and set it aside to cool.
  • Add about a tablespoon of meat to each shell and then fill each one with as much cheese as you can. The jumbo shells should be large enough for you to easily stuff them even if they're uncooked.
  • Once the shells are stuffed, add them to the crockpot and then add the pasta sauce on top.
  • Next, add the dried basil and Italian seasoning along with enough water to the pasta sauce to completely cover the pasta and almost fill your crockpot to the top if you're using a 3 quart crockpot. The shells will absorb a lot of the sauce so make sure you add enough water.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.