Everyone has heard of Italian stuffed shells, but did you know that conchiglioni pasta is not the only type of pasta Italians use for stuffed shells recipes? The largest Italian pasta is caccavelle, which is shaped like a bowl or a basket. If you want to go big with your next stuffed shells recipe, try these five different stuffed shells recipes with caccavelle pasta.
Caccavelle Alla Sorrentina
Caccavelle Alla Sorrentina is one of the most popular types of stuffed shells with meat. It is a simple recipe that calls for layers of beef ragu, mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, and a final layer of grated parmigiano reggiano. It’s a simple baked pasta recipe, but it does take some time to make.
Caccavelle Di Mare
Shell pasta like caccavelle can be stuffed with any type of meat, including fish! This shell pasta can be stuffed with shrimp, fish, and even octopus. Seafood stuffed caccavelle often includes various types of vegetables dressed with olive oil, wine sauce, or the usual ricotta cheese filling.
Caccavelle with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese
Picking up on a theme here? Ricotta cheese is essential to stuffed pasta shells. If you follow a vegetarian diet, this recipe for Spinach and Ricotta Shells from ForkKnifeSwoon.com is perfect for you. Spinach and cheese always make a delicious and savory combination. Pair this with either a traditional tomato sauce or a luscious cream sauce.
Chicken Parm Stuffed Caccavelle
Combine two of the most popular Italian dishes in one with this Betty Crocker recipe for Chicken Parm Stuffed Shells. In addition to the usual ricotta, mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano and tomato sauce, these stuffed pasta shells include chicken, egg, and a layer of breadcrumbs on top.
Caccavelle with Sausage
Among the other recipes for stuffed shells with meat is caccavelle stuffed with sausage. Instead of making a beef ragu, try this InspiredTaste.com recipe with cooked sausage (natural casing removed). An easy go-to for the rest of the filling is spinach and ricotta, but you can include any vegetables or other types of cheese you want!