Instant Pot No-Boil Stuffed Shells

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Instant Pot No-Boil Stuffed Shells in a simple but satisfying Instant Pot Pasta recipe that’s kid-approved. 

Instant Pot No-Boil Stuffed Shells

When I tell you how easy this recipe is, you will not believe me! No-boil stuffed shells have now become the only way to make stuffed shells in our home. It is a whole lot of deliciousness without all the hassle. 

What Is Instant Pot No Boil Stuffed Shells

This recipe is where you buy shells that require being boiled in water. But because of our magic pot, we will not be boiling ours.  With the help of spaghetti sauce and pure magic, we do not need to waste the time or dirty a pot to cook the shells.  

If you have ever made stuffed shells before, you know how messy and tedious is can be.  

What Type of Sauce Do You Use To Make these No-Boil Pasta Shells

Any sauce that you like works! You can pull out your favorite homemade sauce, or reach for your favorite brand in a jar. Both taste great it is all about your preference! 

What Is The Filling In Stuffed Shells

I went with the classic ricotta cheese mixture that is known for stuffed shells. Cheesy, creamy delight with that mix of pasta sauce. 

How Does Cheese Melt on Top

Once my shells are done cooking I will sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and then place the lid back on top. Closing the lid will allow the cheese to slowly begin to melt. 

If you want that golden brown look, simply transfer shells and sauce to the baking dish. Pop in the oven on broil and heat for a minute or two until golden brown on top. But Look at this deliciousness, it really is not necessary.  

Instant Pot No-Boil Stuffed Shells

Can I Add Meat To My Instant Pot Stuffed Shells

Yes. You can add in cooked ground beef, sausage of a blend of both. Or if you don’t want meat, then skip it! 

You can mix meat with the ricotta mix for stuffing, or mix with pasta sauce that pours over the pasta. Either route works. 

What to Pair With Stuffed Shells

Stuffed shells are versatile and I want to help you find ways to create a classic meal everyone can enjoy. 

  • Salad | Serve up a salad with a vinaigrette dressing or your favorite type of dressing. 
  • Vegetables | Many homes serve pasta with vegetables. Corn, broccoli, carrots, etc. 
  • Bread | Garlic bread, breadsticks, or even bread and butter! 

Or skip all the sides and eat this as a meal in one. It is up to you. 

The no boil stuffed shells is truly a game changing meal for me. If you are a busy mom, newborn just arrived, or looking for easy Instant Pot Meals, this recipe is a 10 out of 10. 

Instant Pot No-Boil Stuffed Shells

Have you ever made Instant Pot Stuffed Shells? 

Instant Pot No-Boil Stuffed Shells

Instant Pot No-Boil Stuffed Shells

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes


  • 15 oz Ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 (8 oz) bags mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 12 oz box jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 24 oz jar pasta sauce
  • 2 cups water


  1. CHEESE FILLING Mix together, ricotta cheese, 1 bag shredded mozzarella, & egg. Mix well. Scoop the mixture into a Ziploc bag with one corner cut
  2. Pipe mixture into uncooked shells.
  3. Add 2 cups of water. Layer shells in your pot, cheese side facing up.
  4. Pour your sauce on top of your shells. Try to cover a bit of all uncooked shells.
  5. Put lid on your pot. Turn to sealing position.
  6. Set Instant Pot to high pressure for 7 minutes. Lock lid and make sure vent is closed. When coking time ends, Do a quick release.
  7. Open the lid. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella over the top of your shells. Put your lid back on and just let it sit for 2-3 minutes for the cheese to melt. Instant Pot No-Boil Stuffed Shells
  8. Serve & ENJOY! Give your magic pot a little kiss. 🙂

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 1038mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 5gSugar: 11gProtein: 23g

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  1. Do you think this would work if I put all of this as described in a dish, put a cup of water in my IP and the trivet, and then put in the dish? (Mostly thinking about this so I wouldn’t have to transfer to a different dish for the browning in the oven thing.)

    1. So trying it Pot in pot. I think it should work. You may need to add a little bit additional pc time to give the ingredients additional time to heat up inside the second pot, but I think it should work. 🙂

  2. This is a game changer! No more spending time putting the shells and mixture together, then lifting the heavy pan into the oven!
    Bene tutti!

    1. We have eaten more stuffed shells in a two week period than I have in my lifetime! We are truly loving it. 🙂

      1. I have a large family of 8 and I have an 8 qt instant pot. Can the stuffed shells be layered in the pot? Or should they be in a single layer? In case I want to double the recipe.

        1. They can definitely be layered… just add extra sauce if needed. I am worried a full double recipe may be pushing it a bit though, Try 1 1/2 boxes and see how that goes before doing a full double recipe. I would love to hear how you make out. 🙂

  3. This is one of the most fabulous IP meals, ever. I’ve grown up eating stuffed shells. The work involved including the cleanup. My hats off to the creator!
    ¡Buona Mangiata¡

  4. Would it be possible to stuff the shells and freeze them, so they’d be read to pop into the IP with sauce at a later point? If so, would you adjust the cook time for frozen shells?

    1. My best guess is yes, you probably could freeze them. The time won’t need any adjusting, it will take additional time to come to pressure. I would love to hear how you make out.

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