Stuffed Jumbo Shells – Guest Post for Anamika @ Taste Junction

It’s been a while since I last posted a pasta dish. No, I didn’t stop eating pasta, like that’s even possible with my taste bud. Believe me when I tell you that I will never get bored of pasta!

There was a time when I liked my pasta covered with cheese.. lots of cheese. These days, I prefer more lighter version of pasta. I like to toss it with some lemon sauce, spinach sauce or light basil pesto sauce and our lunch gets ready in just few minutes. That is the kind of pasta we are eating these days.


These stuffed jumbo pasta shells were especially made for my friend Anamika of Taste Junction. Anamika is an Indian and currently staying in Bahrain with her loving husband and her darling 2 yr old son. She likes traveling, shopping, reading books and loves chocolates : )

Anamika and I started blogging around the same time and we have been in touch since the beginning. She not only cooks delicious food and takes gorgeous pictures.. she also writes beautiful words, lines and paragraphs after paragraphs.

Read this and you will know what I mean. Her words can make you smile, laugh and at times give you those chills! She is an amazing writer!

Jumbo Pasta was fun to cook.. you can stuff it with any thing you like, from meat to mushroom to veggies. The pasta shells are pretty delicate and you have to show a lot of love while working with them. Don’t over-boil the pasta, I would say 8 minutes is good enough, and definitely use a big pot to boil so that you do not overcrowd them. It’s extremely important to let the shells cool completely before you start stuffing them.

Anamika asked for something vegetarian and she also mentioned that she likes mushroom. So, I chose creamy soft ricotta cheese for the filling and to counter the sweetness from the ricotta, I added some mushroom sauce. Portobello mushroom was my first choice. The texture is amazing and it has a fantastic flavor to it. Having said that, I am sure any other mushroom will make this dish equally tasty.


Just so to enhance the flavor a little bit more, I thought of adding some fresh thyme. The smell of fresh thyme is soothing and it adds a divine flavor to dish. You can use dried thyme too as it’s equally strong in flavor. Just remember to maintain this ratio when you use dried herb instead of fresh ones or vice versa (1 teaspoon dried herb = 1 tablespoon fresh herb)

 It was a delicious meal and we both enjoyed it a lot!

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Stuffed Jumbo Shells – Guest Post for Anamika @ Taste Junction

Serving Size: 2

Stuffed Jumbo Shells – Guest Post for Anamika @ Taste Junction


  • 30 jumbo shells
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tbs chilly flakes
  • 3 portobello mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 cup grated cheese (I used smoked cheddar)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil


  • Heat some oil in a pan and sauté the garlic and onion until they are soft and light golden in color.
  • Add the chopped mushrooms, salt, pepper and 2 sprigs of thyme leaves.
  • Sauté for another few minutes until the mushrooms are cooked through.
  • Take them off the pan, pour it in a food processor and roughly grate them.
  • Once done, mix heavy cream to it and keep it aside.
  • Boil the pasta for about 7-8 minutes.
  • Drain it and let it cool completely.
  • For the filling, mix ricotta cheese with chilly flakes, salt, pepper and 2 sprigs of thyme leaves.
  • Once the shell pasta cools down, start filling it with the ricotta cheese mixture.
  • Grease a baking pan with some oil and pour half of the mushroom sauce.
  • Place a layer of the stuffed shells and pour the remaining mushroom sauce on top of the shells.
  • Then, arrange the remaining stuffed shells on the top.
  • Pour the grated cheese and cover as much you can.
  • Drizzle some olive oil on top and bake it at 350 F for about 20 minutes.
  • Enjoy it warm!

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Grishma says:

yummmyyy it looks Kankana! I make mine with traditional marinara sauce. Will try with mushroom next time. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Rosa says:

A wonderful dish! Really mouthwatering. I love the flavors you chose.



rinku says:

Looks lovely! I love the pictures of the thyme.

Delicious!!! What a wonderful choice of flavors Kankana…
I love the pictures as always.
Yumm my dear friend.

Nadia says:

I am a big fam of baked pastas especially with ricotta, they get all ooey and gooey! yum 🙂

I really like the mushroom sauce with this, a nice change from the typical marinara-great idea. No doubt it was delicious-thanks for sharing.

It’s been a while since I baked pasta too. I am really trying to not eat so many carbs…but maybe I’ll stop after these 🙂 They look delicious and beautifully photographed as usual.

sayantani says:

thats rosemary click is so beautiful. what a great looking pasta dish. yummy.

Krithi says:

Mushrooms and pasta is one delectable combo… would love to try this…
Yup.. I too like anamika’s writing…
Krithi’s Kitchen

I love just about any combination of pasta, sauce and cheese. Mmmm.

sally says:

I haven’t made stuffed shells in so long! I love those big pasta shells!

tigerfish says:

I must have pasta at least once every week – well, of course I don’t always cook it the traditional way. Sometimes the real pasta in tomato sauce, but other times, stir-fried the Asian way 😉

gloria says:

Kankana this look delicious and tempting, Ishow my Mom and her love this, gloria

I love that you didn’t cover with with a heavy sauce- looks perfect!

aipi says:

An elegant n picture perfect pasta dish ~ loved all the flavors going in there n your pics are always a stunner!

Ann says:

Yummy….that gift of cooking was as lovely as a bouquet of flowers for your friend! Heading to her site now!

sarah says:

These. Are. Gorgeous!! Love this recipe so much!!

Thanks for introducing Anamika! Off to check out her blog 🙂

That is one beautiful dish. Lovely photos Kankana. I wish I could find a beautiful pot of fresh thyme here in Orlando.

What a wonderful post…pictures, text and RECIPE! Oh my goodness, this looks divine. I am a pasta freak but usually try to go whole wheat, but I am finding it is hard to find any of the fun shapes, like you used here, in whole wheat. I have definitely bookmarked this for this weekend. I wish I had a plate right now though! I can literally smell the thyme!

Juliana says:

Kankana, love you stuffed pasta…mushrooms and thyme, what a great combination. Great pictures as always.
Hope you have a fantastic week 🙂

Christine says:

Great post. Love it. Heading to her site now!

Shilpa says:

Another post with stunning photography….beautiful recipe – I need to learn so much about photography…and am adding your blog as one of my favourite reads – that way, I will have a lesson everyday 🙂

100% deliciousness proof!:)) Love ingredients that you used, and your photos are beautiful…you did incredible job!!!

Charles says:

Lovely – delicious looking stuffed pasta – one of my favourites, and I love portobello mushrooms! Great job 🙂

Anamika says:

Thanks dear for such a great post and amazing pics!!

Fantastic clicks and looks appetizing!

alyce says:

This looks so good. Bookmarking it!

Jessica says:

These are some of the most beautiful stuffed shells I’ve ever seen! I usually make stuffed sausage ones. I’m going to have to try this. I love that gorgeous layer of cheese on top!

i love stuffed pasta ….looks soooo delish 😀

Sissi says:

Great pasta recipe! I love all the photos, but the thyme one is absolutely the best!

I love stuffing pasta shells. There are so many different things to work with. This recipe looks amazing and the flavors- out of this world.

Lovely recipe, Kankana. This is a bit like making tortellini, but without the fuss!

oooh delicious! I have never made stuffed shells .. only cannelloni. Must try these!

Tiffany says:

What a nice alternative to a red sauce! Looks delish!

Satrupa says:

I too can never get bored of pasta 🙂 These jumbo stuffed pasta are absolutely delectable … and your clicks have put life into it. I too lov Anamika’s blog ….

Kelly says:

Aren’t stuffed shells just delicious? – and so satisfying too. Love all of your add-ins and particularly the fresh thyme. Looks great Kankana.

LOVE the photography! The pasta looks delicious too! 🙂

You’re right Kankana she is a beautiful writer – I choked up on the link you sent me too about her son starting school. My little guy starts his toddler program in a week and I’m so nervous about leaving him.

Your pasta and pics are gorgeous as always. You’re such an inspiration to me when it comes to food photography.

I have been toying with the idea of making stuffed pasta shells as well and you have nudged me a little more in that direction!

Manu says:

Yum! I love big pasta! I always stuff it with ricotta and veggies! 🙂

Great pictures… as always my dear! It is always a pleasure to stop by your blog! 🙂

Kankana, you take the most beautiful ingredient pictures… I won’t be able to take mushrooms that beautifully. Just mushroom, but with your photo, it’s not “just” mushroom! Hmmmm amazing. I love this pasta. It’s fun to sutff into jumbo shell pasta. I missed your pasta dish. =)

Kalyan says:

Just looks mouthwatering…can really feel the aroma from here….fantastic clicks too!

nisha says:

i like the stuffed shells..good idea..although i wonder if il have the patience 2 sit and fill the shells.. 🙂
I love the pic of herbs in the jar

Thyme works so well with mushrooms, of any variety, really. those meaty portabellos make a great filling, mixed with creamy ricotta. A nice divergence from the traditional marinara/spinach-ricotta shells!

Mouthwatering recipes and totally amazing photos – these are two reasons why I love going back to Sunshine and Smile! Great post as always, Kankana!

Joanne says:

Pasta and I are inseparable as well! I love this fun twist on stuffed shells!

The Mushroom sauce sounds divine.. Amazing clicks.. esp those stacked mushroom!
off to check out Tastejunction!

peachkins says:

this looks truly awesome!

Kala says:

Beautiful selective focus in the close-up photo of the stuffed shells. Looks delicious too!

Mallika says:

Yum Kankana! That looks amazing. Definitely mouth watering. 🙂

Those mushroom look simply perfect! This is a beautiful dish.

What a flavourful stuffed pasta shells! Great clicks too.

Eftychia says:

My father cooks those often. I am sure she will love this recipe…

Swathi says:

This stuffed jumbo shell pasta looks delicious. Love to try them.

I love stuffed shells and haven’t had them in ages! The mushroom sauce looks delicious with them.

i need to make stuffed shells, it’s really been too the mushroom sauce!!

Shinta says:

Brilliant as usual! what a combination… I simply must try different types of cheese while cooking. Smoked Cheddar is now in my to-dos.

rebecca says:

looks so good need to get me some jumbo pasta fun

Candace says:

I love the lighter side of pasta; but stuffed shells is one of my favorites. The mushroom sauce looks delicious!

Amy Tong says:

These look and sound wonderful. I’m a big fan of mushrooms and thyme! Gotta try out your recipe this weekend. Don’t know why but I always think stuffed pasta are made for special occasions. 🙂 I think it’s because they look very elegant, especially the way you presented yours.

Sutapa says:

Yuuuuuuuum! I love pasta and this one of yours is something thatis hard to resist!

Deborah says:

I haven’t made pasta shells in quite some time. Yours look so good – now I want some!!

thyme is my blooming love, macro shot of it beautiful …i have been to Anamika, how beautifully you both have put together!