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Delicious Italian jumbo pasta shells stuffed with beef bolognese covered in béchamel sauce and mozzarella parmesan cheese - Lasagna Stuffed Shells with Béchamel (Conchiglioni)

Lasagna Stuffed Shells

Creamy Lasagna Stuffed Shells are cheesy Italian jumbo pasta shells stuffed with beef bolognese covered in béchamel sauce and mozzarella parmesan cheese. (Conchiglioni recipe)

Course Dinner, Main
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Lasagna Stuffed Shells
Servings 6 people
Author PetersFoodAdventures

Ingredients

  • 1 packet jumbo pasta shells conchiglioni 500g
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 brown onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves diced
  • 1 small zucchini finely diced
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 red pepper finely diced
  • 2 lbs/1kg ground beef
  • 1 jar passata 700 grms
  • ¼ cup fresh oregano chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • Bechamel Sauce can use store bought creamy pasta sauce if in hurry
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  1. Cook the large pasta shells as per instructions and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat the oil fry the onions and garlic until soft. Add the ground beef and cook until browned.
  3. Stir in the vegetables, chopped herbs and 1 jar of the passatta. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To make the béchamel sauce, melt 5 tablespoons butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and mix together until a smooth paste.. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes until until it turns a golden color. Gradually whisk in the milk in small batches and stir until the sauce thickens. Add the parmesan cheese, bay leaf and salt and pepper to taste. Allow to cool before using.
  5. Fill the pasta shells generously with the ground beef mixture. Pour béchamel sauce into the base of an oven proof dish. Neatly lay the stuffed pasta shells on top of the béchamel sauce, cover with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  6. Place in a preheated 350°F/180°C oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and meat is warmed through.

Recipe Notes

You can used 50/50 ground beef and ground pork for better flavor. If you pre-cook the meat and refrigerate before using, then it will take longer to heat the pasta shells through. I would suggest covering with foil and cooking between 35-45 minutes to ensure the cheese doesn't burn. This recipe makes enough for 2 trays of pasta shells. If using a smaller package of jumbo pasta shells, then cut recipe in half or freeze the other tray.