Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells

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pasta shells stuffed with a lean beef & pepperoni filling and topped with gooey mozzarella cheese and pepperoni

This is an awesome pasta recipe that the whole family will love!

These pizza stuffed pasta shells are filled with a beef and pepperoni filling topped with mozzarella cheese and more delicious pepperoni!  This bakes up delicious with a gooey cheesy topping!

Using a high quality pizza sauce makes a big difference in this recipe.  Eden Brand is my favorite one, it has a great fresh flavor and I usually buy it in a can.  Most grocery stores carry it (and it’s sometimes in the organic area).

I added green pepper & pepperoni to this recipe because those are toppings we like…  if you have other toppings you love, this recipe is extremely versatile…  substitute sausage for the beef, throw in some mushrooms or olives, replace the pepperoni with ham!  Make this your own… I’d love to hear your ideas!

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Items you’ll need for this recipe

* Jumbo Pasta Shells * Quality Pizza Sauce * Baking Dish

pasta shells stuffed with a lean beef & pepperoni filling and topped with gooey mozzarella cheese and pepperoni
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16 shells
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
This is an awesome pasta recipe that the whole family will love!


  • 15-18 jumbo pasta shells
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 4 oz sliced pepperoni chopped and divided
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1 cup good quality pizza sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded and divided

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook shells el dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside to cool.
  • In a medium pan, brown ground beef, onion and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add 3/4 of the pepperoni and cook about 3 minutes. Finally, add in green pepper, oregano and tomato. Cook about 3 minutes or until green pepper is slightly softened. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  • Fill each shell with the pepperoni mixture (approx 1 1/2 tablespoons) and place in a baking dish.
  • Top with pizza sauce. Cover with foil and bake 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Remove foil and add remaining mozzarella cheese and remaining pepperoni. Return to oven until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 122, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 320mg, Potassium: 180mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 225IU, Vitamin C: 8.5mg, Calcium: 148mg, Iron: 0.8mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. We tried these this summer when friends were visiting: 2 women and 6 kids total. They were a big hit! However, this does not make much, so if you are feeding more than 3 people, you would want to double the recipe.
    We have tried them with mini pepperonis and prefer those to the quartered pepperonis. With kids, we eliminate the onions, peppers, and tomatoes, but I personally would enjoy those.5 stars

  2. You should say at the top of the recipe how many people this feeds. I had to scroll the comments to figure it out. We are a family of five so I usually need to double the recipes. I will be making this tonight. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  3. Made these tonight, we thought we were eating pizza.  Definitely a keeper.  Next time I’m going to add sliced olives.5 stars

        1. Hi Angie, I would pop it into the fridge overnight to defrost and then bake according to this recipe.

  4. This is my 4th year making these for our school’s football team. The players and coaches LOVE this recipe! The first year I tried it with the optional green peppers, but that did not go over as well so I have left them out subsequent years. I typically add Italian sausage and pepperoni to my shells. It is always a huge hit! Making this for a large group is time consuming… but SO worth it!

  5. We used ground turkey instead of beef and cut back on the cheese on top. This turned out DELICIOUS! One batch of these isn’t enough, so we doubled it and had it for two meals. Thanks!5 stars

  6. LOVE THIS! Thank you! We are addicted! I prefer sausage over the hamburger. I’ve added mushrooms, olives, Canadian bacon…so fun to play with this recipe! Thank you again!!

    1. You could try it with your favorite type of sauce such as an alfredo but I have only tried it as written.

  7. I couldn’t find the recipe so i winged it and it was soooo good. I diced onion, green bell peppers, sliced pepperoni, much rooms added a little crushed garlic in a saute pan with a tad of butter. After it cooled I added the shredded mozzarella cheese with pizza sauce just enough to get it wet. I stuffed the shells then pour more pizza sauce over the top just as pictured then added more mozzarella cheese and covered in pepperoni. I love this website. Thank you

  8. Looks very yummy. What brand of pizza sauce do you call a good quality brand? Also that goes for a good for a Pasta/Spaghetti sauce. Help me!!

  9. I was so excited to find this recipe! It’s currently in my oven as we speak. I sampled some of the meat, and it’s AMAZING! I can’t wait to taste the finished product. :D

  10. These were delicious! My husband loved them, and they were pretty easy to make. I will definitely be making this again.

  11. I made this tonight, I used turkey pepperoni and ground venison. I also added fresh baby spinach in with the bell pepper, it was so good!

  12. Made this for supper yesterday and it’s all gone!! It was delicious!! My family is demanding I make it again Monday! Haha. I did everything the same as the recipe except added a BUNCH more cheese. My family are cheese addicts. :P Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. I’m so glad your family enjoyed it! My kids love this one too! (And I don’t think there’s a such thing as too much cheese LOL)

  13. Your Pizza looks fantastic, Holly! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. Just made these tonight and were good. Next time I’ll probably add more Italian seasoning to the meat. I guessed at the oven temp since I couldn’t find it in the directions. 350 degrees seemed to work great.