Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Shells with Pesto Sauce

Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Shells with Pesto Sauce are sure to become a family favorite recipe!

Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Shells with Pesto Sauce are sure to become a family favorite recipe!

 

 

Hi everyone! Julie from White Lights on Wednesday back again this month with a yummy, comforting dinner the whole family will love. These shells make take a little extra effort, but the taste it totally worth it. I made this batch with a pesto Alfredo sauce, but these shells would be totally awesome with red sauce too. YUM!!

Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Shells with Pesto Sauce are sure to become a family favorite recipe!

 

I’m a sucker for Italian food. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods. Maybe it’s just the pasta and pizza addict in me. I mean just look at these Fried Tortellini and Pizza alla Vodka! However, my husband is not the biggest fan of ricotta. *sigh*

But astoundingly he had nothing to say but good things about these shells. I did stretch the ricotta with some sour cream for a little tang, and the mozzarella in the stuffing helps keep everything a little extra cheese. Get your pasta on with some stuffed shells!

 

Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Shells with Pesto Sauce are sure to become a family favorite recipe!

Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Shells with Pesto Sauce

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Traditional
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 541kcal
Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Shells with Pesto Sauce are sure to become a family favorite recipe!
Print Recipe

Ingredients

  • 20 jumbo pasta shells
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese divded
  • 1 – 14.5 ounce jar Roasted Garlic Parmesan Alfredo sauce or 1 3/4 cups your favorite Alfredo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons pesto

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta shells, and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain, and rinse under cold water until cool enough to handle.
  • Cook chicken in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Transfer chicken to a cutting board, and cut into small (diced) pieces.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, stir together ricotta cheese and sour cream. Add basil, parsley, and nutmeg, stir to combine. Add chicken and half the mozzarella cheese to the ricotta mixture. Mix until well combined.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together Alfredo sauce and pesto. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of sauce in the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ baking dish, and spread evenly.
  • Once pasta is cooled, gently open shells and spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture into each shell, until it’s nice and full but still able to close. Place filled shell in the prepared baking dish. Repeat with remaining pasta and chicken mixture.
  • Top shells with remaining sauce and then sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly. If you like that golden brown cheese look, you can broil the pasta on HIGH for a few minutes once it’s done baking.
  • Carefully remove the pasta from the oven and serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 77g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 235mg | Potassium: 1290mg | Vitamin A: 4.6% | Vitamin C: 0.2% | Calcium: 9.4% | Iron: 11.3%

 

Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Shells with Pesto Sauce are sure to become a family favorite recipe!

Connect with Julie:
.
.

 

**This post may contain affiliate links to products I use or are similar to items mentioned in this post. If you purchase a product from a link used, This Silly Girls Kitchen will receive a small commission. Thank you for helping to support this website and keep the recipes and information provided free to you!**

11 Comments at Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Shells with Pesto Sauce

  1. This looks delicious and extremely family friendly! I love anything with pesto. I’ll definitely be trying this.

  2. This looks absolutely delicious! Bring on dinner! Thanks for sharing and for the awesome recipe! PINNED!

  3. These look absolutely delicious. It’s going to ruin the pasta I’m having for dinner tonight now haha, but this one is definitely in my tummy’s future!

  4. Visiting from Clever Chicks Party. Love this idea. WE don’t eat chicken but I am going to try them with shrimp. Shrimp loves pesto! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I haven’t used a pesto sauce, sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  6. love this have made Italian shells with ground beef before but love to find new chicken recipes and the family loves pasta thanks for sharing come see what we shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  7. I love stuffed shells! Never thought of doing them with chicken, I’ll definitely have to try these…pinned!

  8. Yum! These look amazing. I always have homemade pesto on hand, I love finding recipes I can use it in!

  9. Hello! No idea where I happened on your recipe but made it for my Italian husband tonight – delicious! I think I may serve this at Christmas dinner when the kids come home :). Thanks!

    Cindy

Leave me your lovely thoughts

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.