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Copycat Olive Garden Stuffed Shells

This copycat Olive Garden stuffed shells recipe has everything we love about Olive Garden giant stuffed shells. In fact, it might be better!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Olive Garden Stuffed Shells, Stuffed Shells
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 609kcal


  • 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch cake pan


  • 15 jumbo shells
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 1 ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese divided
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt divided
  • 1 ½ cup spaghetti sauce your favorite variety!
  • ½ cup butter divided
  • ¼ cup Italian style breadcrumbs
  • cup heavy whipping cream


  • Get out and measure your ingredients.
    All the ingredients needed to make Copy Cat Olive Garden Stuffed Shells.
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Prepare an 8x8-inch baking dish by spraying it was nonstick cooking spray. Next, spread 1 cup of spaghetti sauce in the bottom Set aside.
    8 by 8 inch baking dish sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Spaghetti sauce added to the dish.
  • Prepare shells by cooking them according to the package directions. Set aside once drained and allow to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and ½ teaspoon garlic salt.
    Ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese added to a large mixing bowl with garlic powder and garlic salt.
  • Stuff cooled shells with cheese mixture.
    Jumbo shells stuffed with cheese mixture.
  • Place them in the prepared baking dish.
    Uncooked stuffed shells placed in the baking dish on top of the spaghetti sauce.
  • Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 32 minutes.

Prepare Alfredo Sauce

  • Place 7 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until butter is melted.
  • Slowly pour in ⅔ cup heavy whipping cream, stirring continuously.
    Heavy whipping cream added to a saucepan with melted butter.
  • Add 1 teaspoon garlic powder and ½ teaspoon garlic salt. Stir again.
  • Add ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese and ½ cup grated parmesan Stir until smooth.
    Mozzarella and parmesan cheese added to the pot.
  • Remove from heat.
  • In a small bowl, melt 1 tablespoon butter and stir in breadcrumbs.
    Bread crumbs and butter mixed together in a small bowl.
  • When shells are cooked, remove from oven.
    Cooked stuffed shells in a baking dish.
  • Drizzle Alfredo sauce over top of shells.
    Alfredo sauce added to the top of the shells in the baking dish.
  • Spoon remaining ½ cup spaghetti sauce over top also.
    Spaghetti sauce poured over alfredo sauce.
  • Sprinkle breadcrumbs over top.
    breadcrumbs sprinkled over the spaghetti sauce.
  • Broil uncovered for 2-3 minutes or until top begins to brown.
    Prepared Copy Cat Olive Garden Stuffed Shells in a baking dish.
  • Serve.
    Scoop of Copy Cat Olive Garden Stuffed Shells on a large metal spoon.
  • Enjoy!
    Closeup photo of a fork digging into a plate of Copy Cat Olive Garden Stuffed Shells.
  • Every bite!
    Forkful of Copy Cat Olive Garden Stuffed Shells held above a plate of Copy Cat Olive Garden Stuffed Shells.


Calories: 609kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 1657mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1689IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 676mg | Iron: 2mg