Stuffed Shells Are Here To Make All Your Dreams Come True

Photo: Courtesy of the Candid Appetite.
Spaghetti. Penne. Even a box or two of mac and cheese. We will admit to making all those things regularly in our kitchens. But, for all its cheesy wonder, we don't frequently make shells. It can be a little intimidating, after all, to cook up giant pieces of pasta. Plus, there's assembly involved.
Then we realized we were missing the best part of stuffed shells: they can be made ahead of time. Can your Annie's mac 'n cheese do that?! Here are eight dishes you can make a day or two ahead and pop in the oven for an impromptu dinner that will impress your guests.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Candid Appetite.
Cajun Stuffed Pasta Shells
For those who think "just right" involves some spice.
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Photo: Courtesy of Damn Delicious.
Pumpkin Stuffed Shells
Canned pumpkin puree makes this fall-friendly dish a year-round treat as well.
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Photo: Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven.
Butternut Squash Alfredo Baked Shells
This take on stuffed shells is light on cheese, but heavy on decadent, creamy goodness thanks to the addition of butternut squash.
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Photo: Courtesy of Baked Bree.
Kale Stuffed Shells
Everyone's favorite trendy leafy green fits in everywhere, including in pasta.
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Photo: Courtesy of Not Quite Nigella.
Cheese Filled Pasta Shells With Tomato & Basil
When a combo is as classic as fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil, there's really no need to complicate things further.
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Photo: Courtesy of Handle The Heat.
Spinach, Mushroom, & Ricotta Stuffed Shells
In case you weren't already sold on this dish, you can make it for under $2 a serving.
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Photo: Courtesy of Connoisseurus Veg.
Vegan Stuffed Shells Florentine
Thank the miracle of cashews for this creamy ricotta substitute.
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Photo: Courtesy of Yammie's Noshery.
Spinach, Artichoke, & Chicken Stuffed Shells
You know, spinach and artichoke doesn't get enough credit for how much it makes great dishes even more amazing.
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