21 Best Stuffed Pasta Recipes

From Homemade Ravioli to Quick Manicotti

Tortellini With Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

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Craving pasta, but tired of the same old spaghetti dinner? Stuffed pasta is a great ingredient that opens the door to a wide range of fillings and flavors. Whether you need quick and easy ideas for weeknight meals or want to learn how to make Italian-style ravioli from scratch, we've got you covered. You'll find all the delicious stuffed pasta recipes here that you could ever need, from cheesy casserole bakes and crockpot pasta dinners, to deep-fried ravioli bites and homemade pastas for special occasions.

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    Baked Ravioli

    Baked Ravioli

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    You won't believe how easy it is to make this baked ravioli casserole in under an hour for a weeknight meal. It needs just five ingredients, including fresh or frozen packaged ravioli, prepared marinara sauce, and three kinds of cheese. Feel free to customize with your favorite fresh or dried herbs.

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    Baked Tortellini With Three Sauces

    Baked Tortellini

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    Rich and creamy baked tortellini smothered in three different sauces is a cinch to make, and tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen. Assemble it for the oven with convenient store-bought ingredients, including jarred marinara sauce, Alfredo sauce, and pesto, plus thawed frozen cheese tortellini, ground pork sausage, and a few chopped veggies.

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    Chicken Manicotti

    chicken manicotti in a baking dish

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    Your family will cheer for this indulgent baked chicken pasta casserole using budget-friendly chicken thighs. Use prepared Alfredo sauce and a rotisserie chicken from the store, if you like, for super-easy stuffed shells that are filling, delicious, and full of protein. Make it for an easy-cheesy weekend meal, or a freeze for a casserole you can reheat anytime. It's a sneaky way to get kids to eat green vegetables, too.

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    Three-Cheese Ravioli

    Homemade 3 Cheese Ravioli

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    If you have some time on your hands, why not learn how to make fresh ravioli from scratch? Using a pasta machine can help you get the sheets of dough to the right thickness, and a ravioli cutting tool creates an attractive fluted edge. You'll find instructions here for mixing up a rich and flavorful three-cheese filling with fresh herbs to stuff your homemade pasta. Serve with marinara sauce or any other pasta sauce of your choice.

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    Fried Ravioli

    Fried Ravioli

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    Fried ravioli are a fun, crunchy appetizer. They are essentially breaded, deep-fried versions of the popular filled pasta, and are quick and easy to whip up with any variety of store-bought fresh ravioli. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil leaves to serve, with a small dish of warm marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

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    Gluten-Free Cheese Ravioli with Chicken and Kale Pesto

    Gluten-Free Cheese Ravioli with Chicken and Kale

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    For those busy weeknights when you crave a hearty, comforting meal but lack time or energy for cooking, this yummy 20-minute ravioli dish is here for you. It is packed with good nutrition, and suitable for gluten-free diets when made with prepared gluten-free ravioli. It doesn't skimp a bit on flavor either, and can easily be made vegetarian if you leave out the chicken.

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    Fresh Spinach Ravioli Lasagna

    Fresh Spinach Ravioli Lasagna

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    Cooking lasagna with fresh, filled pasta is a clever way to elevate this popular Italian-American entree. Prepare a lasagna special enough for holiday meals or Sunday dinners at home with this flavorful, Roman-style bake-up including canned artichoke hearts, chopped fresh spinach, creamy ricotta cheese, and a rich, nutmeg-flecked white sauce.

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    Cappelletti With Chicken and Cheese Filling

    Cappelletti, little hats of filled pasta, in a bowl

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    Cappelletti means "little hats" in Italian, a name reflected by the pasta's rounded shape. This recipe walks you through how to make the pasta from scratch using just flour and eggs. Once you mix and knead the dough, you'll cut it into small circles, and fill each round with a scrumptious chicken, ricotta, and Parmesan filling. Boil until tender, and serve with the traditional meat sauce.

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    Butternut Squash Ravioli With White Wine Sauce

    Butternut squash ravioli with a creamy white wine sauce

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    Wonton wrappers are the magical ingredient that make these delectable butternut squash ravioli so easy to make at home. Roasting the squash in the oven before combining it with cream and Parmesan cheese for stuffing the ravioli is a wonderful way to bring out its natural sweetness. Top with a creamy white wine sauce and scatter with toasted hazelnuts for an entree that's worthy of your most important dinner guests.

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    Hearty Sausage and Tortellini Soup

    tortellini soup with sausage and zucchini
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    On chilly nights, a hearty bowl of sausage and tortellini soup always hits the spot. This easy version takes very little effort to make, beyond browning some sausage and softening onions, and then adding chicken stock, canned tomatoes, and herbs. Dropping in the prepared tortellini (and optional spinach) shortly before serving guarantees perfectly-cooked al dente pasta.

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    Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni (Manicotti)

    Spinach and ricotta cannelloni with white sauce

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    Whether you call it by its Italian name, cannelloni, or by its American moniker, manicotti, this tubular pasta stuffed with a ricotta cheese mixture is equally delicious. A pinch of nutmeg adds something special to the filling, and then the cannelloni are nestled into a baking dish with besciamella (white sauce) and baked until golden brown.

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    Red and White Tortellini

    Baked Tortellini

     
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    You need only five ingredients for this super-easy pasta casserole. You don't even need to boil the store-bought tortellini before assembling them a baking dish with jarred Alfredo and spaghetti sauces, a little milk, and shredded cheese. The whole thing bakes up easily in the oven, and comes out tender, bubbling, and gooey. Make it ahead for your freezer, or in about an hour on weekday evenings, for a satisfying family meal.

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    Ham-Stuffed Manicotti

    Ham-stuffed manicotti drizzled with Alfredo sauce

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    Serve up something different for dinner with this easy, scrumptious ham-stuffed manicotti casserole. It is a great use for leftover ham, and a tasty way to get protein into kids. The cooked meat is combined with onion, garlic, and green bell pepper, then stuffed into cooked and cooled pasta shells. Pour over with a super-easy Alfredo cheese sauce, and bake until hot and bubbly.

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    Chicken Tortellini Casserole

    Chicken Tortellini Casserole

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    When you don't feel like sweating over the stove or spending money on take-out, whip up this chicken tortellini casserole. It needs just five ingredients, bakes easily in less than an hour, and includes tastes that kids love. It sneaks in broccoli too, so you don't even need to add a side salad to make it a complete meal.

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    Stuffed Shells

    Ricotta-stuffed shells in a red sauce

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    Large, tender pasta shells stuffed nearly to bursting with a creamy mixture of ricotta and Parmesan cheese are an Italian-style feast your family will ask you to make again and again. The shells are baked with a flavorful, homemade tomato sauce and a melting mozzarella cheese topping for a yummy, heart-warming meal that will please even the pickiest eaters in your household.

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    Tortellini With Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

    Tortellini With Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

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    Store-bought cheese tortellini are a clever shortcut that make it possible to prepare this delicious pasta dish any night of the week. It takes little time or effort to prepare the homemade tomato cream sauce, using canned crushed tomatoes, heavy cream, minced garlic, and dried Italian herbs. Sprinkle on a little fresh parsley, if you like, as a special finishing touch.

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    Sweet Potato Ravioli With Brown Butter Pecan Sauce

    Sweet Potato Ravioli with Brown Butter Pecan Sauce

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    Mashed sweet potato combines with ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, and fresh thyme, to create the flavorful filling for these sweet and savory homemade ravioli. They do take a bit of time and effort to make, but are entirely worth the effort. They also freeze beautifully, and reheat easily, making them ideal for last-minute meals.

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    Beef-Filled Cannelloni

    Meat-filled manicotti in white sauce

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    On rainy evenings, bake up this rich-tasting, beefy stuffed pasta casserole. Ground beef is simmered along with sautéed onions, prosciutto, and chopped plum tomatoes, and then combined with a mixture of milk-soaked fresh breadcrumbs, egg, and cheese. The filling is stuffed into pasta tubes, covered in an easy white sauce, and baked until golden and bubbly.

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    Chicken Stuffed Shells

    Baked chicken stuffed shells in a creamy Alfredo sauce

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    Looking for a great way to use leftover cooked chicken? These stuffed shells are a complete meal in themselves—especially since they include broccoli. Ricotta, egg, dried herbs, garlic, and Parmesan cheese round out the creamy filling, and jarred Alfredo sauce and shredded mozzarella finish off the baked dish.

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    Cheesy Crockpot Tortellini

    Cheesy Crockpot Tortellini

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    Use your crockpot for this busy-family-friendly pasta that you can assemble in 20 minutes. Simply brown some sausage, then add it to the slow cooker with jarred pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, and Italian seasonings, and leave to cook while you go about your day. Shortly before serving, stir in the store-bought cheese tortellini, and some extra cheese, and heat through.

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    Crock Pot Stuffed Shells With Ground Beef

    Crock Pot Stuffed Shells With Ground Beef

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    Meaty stuffed shells are a classic Italian-American comfort food. ​​These crowd-pleasing pasta shells filled with a delectable mixture of browned ground beef, mozzarella cheese, and breadcrumbs, and smothered in prepared spaghetti sauce and Parmesan cheese, are cooked hands-free in the slow cooker, making them the perfect meal for families on the go.