Monday, August 20, 2012

Chicken and Mushroom Stuffed Shells

It's another Reveal Day for Secret Recipe Club. This month I was assigned to Carrie's Sweet Life, which was so fun for me, because I had recently started to read Carrie's blog after she was assigned to my blog for SRC a few months ago! Carrie and I both love to cook, and we live in the same part of the same great state. She and her family love pasta, and so I knew any one of her many pasta dishes would be delightful. These stuffed shells did not disappoint!

The combination is so delicious - a creamy mix of chicken, mushrooms, pesto and parmesan bakes in shells that are sitting on a bed of vodka sauce. Yum. I can't wait to make this again!

Start by bringing a large pot of water to a boil, then adding the pasta. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until al dente. (The pasta will cook a little more in the oven.) While the pasta cooks, prepare the filling. Chop up the mushrooms, then add the shredded chicken,

cream cheese, garlic, pesto,

and 1/2 cup of the parmesan.

Stir well and observe the creamy yumminess.

When the pasta is done, drain and rinse. Then pour the sauce into the bottom of a 2 quart baking dish. Fill the shells with the creamy chicken mixture

then place on the sauce.

Look at all the stuffed shells lined up. Love it!

Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan.

Bake for about 30 minutes until the filling is bubbly.

Here's a close up...

Thanks, Carrie, for such a great recipe!

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Chicken and Mushroom Stuffed Shells

16 jumbo pasta shells
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp. prepared pesto
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
6-8 mushrooms, cleaned and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups marinara or vodka sauce

In a large pot over high heat, boil water and prepare pasta shells as directed on package. Cook pasta shells only until al dente. The pasta will finish cooking when the dish is baked. Drain the pasta shells and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients, except the 1/4 cup of cheese for the topping. Fill the pasta shells with the filling and place in a baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese over filled shells.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until shells are bubbling hot and cheese melts. Serves 4.


  1. Yummmy!!! I rarely have stuffed shells, but I have enjoyed vodka sauce many times....what a great combo this is. Great SRC share.

  2. Wow, those look great, I am a carb-aholic, so I love me some pasta dishes!

  3. Perfect week night meal...especially for those cold winter months coming up!

  4. I am seriously making this!!!! This looks amazing! :)

  5. Delicious! I have always wanted to make stuffed shells and I think you've just provided the perfect recipe :)

  6. This looks fabulous!!! I love the combo.

  7. I love stuffed shells! I always thought they would be hard to stuff but found they aren't at all. They are so pretty too! I like eating pretty food!

  8. I love stuffed shells, a surprise in every bite! These look delicious. I missed the deadline for SRC--hope to get back in soon.

  9. OMG! These sound fabulous, I will be sure to make these. Thanks! Came over from Yvonne's. XO, Pinky

  10. I love stuffed shells and these look.stunning!

  11. This looks so delicious. I haven't had stuffed shells since I was still living at home. That has been over 7 years ago! Oh my! Can't wait to try this recipe soon.

  12. I love how versatile stuffed shells can be. Vodka sauce is one of my favorites but have never thought to use it on stuffed pasta. Will try this soon! Thanks!

  13. I can see this as a manicotti stuffing too!

  14. Oh my! I wish I had this for dinner. They look wonderful!!!

  15. My hubby would go crazy for this dish, saving it to make especially for him.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Chicken Satay Noodle Salad.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  16. Oh, yum! I love stuffed shells! Sounds like a great recipe!

  17. I LOVE stuffed shells - seriously one of the best uses of pasta ever! :) Yum!

  18. cheesy pasta can't be a bad thing... and it's totally good for you, right? ;) i checked, there are no calories. haha. love it!

    happy src reveal from a group D member :)

    xo, kristy

  19. Yay! You were featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday. Thanks so much for partying with us :)


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