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Creamy Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Welcome to your newest creamy ricotta stuffed shells recipe. You will find it hard to believe this recipe is gluten and dairy free. The ricotta, spinach, and mozzarella blend creates a wonderful-tasting ricotta mixture.

It’s unbelievable, actually.

Sadly, I’ve searched for 10 years to find gluten and dairy free ingredients for this dinner recipe. Thankfully, in the past year Kite Hill introduced one of their star products. Kite Hill ricotta is made from creamy almond milk.

A serving platter full of delicious looking ricotta stuffed shells.

Would you guess this ricotta is gluten, dairy, and soy free? And it’s made non-GMO and vegan.

The first time I saw it on the grocery store shelf I bought it. I couldn’t wait to taste it dolloped on my easy, skillet lasagna found here. As you can tell I fell head over heels for this creamy ricotta. It adds a whole new taste to Italian dishes that I haven’t tasted since I went gluten and dairy free 12 years ago.

Once I knew this product was this amazing my brain went wild with new recipes ideas to try, like this creamy ricotta stuffed shells, for example.

Then the unbelievable happened.

Kite Hill ricotta was in such hot demand it was locally back-ordered for over two months.

And wouldn’t you know those two months seemed like two years.

Let’s just say when this product was kindly restocked, I nearly had a cardiac event. I bought 5 of the 7 ricotta containers on the shelf. In case you’re wondering… I did want to buy all 7, but I couldn’t be that person.

A large baking bowl of meat sauce and ricotta stuffed shells.

And here we are… two weeks later with a delicious recipe for you!

Ingredients needed

For this gluten and dairy free creamy ricotta stuffed shell recipe you’ll need. Get more info on these ingredients in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

I’m sharing here to give our brand suggestions and ingredient notes 🙂

A large baking bowl of pasta sauce and shells filled with ricotta and spinah.

What you’ll like about this recipe is the taste and how quickly it comes together. As a crazy multitasker I enjoy recipes best when a couple parts are cooking at one time. 

For instance, this recipe has three parts that may be prepped at the same time.

Seriously though… while the mega shells boil, brown your ground beef and sausage. While those two parts cook, prepare the ricotta mixture and set aside.

And, if you’re on a quest for gluten and dairy free baguettes or french dinner rolls consider Udi’s. They complement this Italian dish favorably… as in a family favorite.

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I hope you and your family relish this gluten and dairy free ricotta stuffed shell recipe as much as we do. Y’all will want to devour this dish!

Without a doubt, you’ll fancy the ricotta taste! You’ll be asking yourself how gluten and dairy free can be so delectable!

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Creamy Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Servings: 6
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free


  • 4 oz gluten free grand shells, roughly half an 8 ox boz suggestion in post
  • 1/2 lb ground beef or use 1 lb ground beef and omit the sausage
  • 1/2 lb Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 24 oz jar marinara or favorite pasta sauce if using marinara add 1 tbsp brown sugar to recipe
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh basil to garnish

Ricotta mixture

  • 1 8 oz container dairy free ricotta suggestion in post
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup plus fresh shredded spinach
  • 1/4 + c shredded dairy free mozzarella cheese, set aside extra to sprinkle over shells at the end optional, suggestion in post
  • 1 tsp dried oregano


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Prepare grand shell noodles according to box instructions. Drain, rinse well with cold water, and set aside.
    Side note- watch the noodles carefully. They can quickly become too tender and fall apart.
  • Saute onion in 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  • Once translucent add in ground beef and sausage. Work to break up the meat into small pieces. Cook until heated through. Remove excess fat and oil.
  • Add marinara sauce, brown sugar, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Stir well.
  • In a medium bowl add egg, ricotta, shredded mozzarella, oregano, shredded spinach. Mix well.
  • Place generous helping of marinara meat sauce on bottom of baking dish or cast iron pan. Place sauce evenly on dish. You will use most of the sauce. Leave just enough for placing a spoonful on each shell when filled (about a cup).
  • Take jumbo shells one at a time and fill with ricotta mixture. Place in baking dish on sauce.
  • Once baking dish is full, place additional marinara sauce on top of each shell. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.
  • Place in oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.  For garnish cut fresh basil for topping.

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Camelia Cartelli

Friday 24th of September 2021



Tuesday 28th of September 2021

Thank you so much, Jill