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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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Pamela Mitchell

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Do you end up using the entire box of shells?


Sunday 10th of January 2021

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?


Sunday 17th of January 2021

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.


Wednesday 20th of May 2020

Where have you purchased no boil shells and are they a brand name product? I have not been able to find them.


Tuesday 10th of March 2020

I am confused and I have read and reread the instrutions and comments. Some talk of bowls, some talk of trivets so I putting 2 cups of water in the IP, then putting the shells in the water and adding the sauce (which would mix with the water) or setting the shells in a bowl on a trivet and then adding the sauce on top of the noodles (no extra water)?? I make lasagna without cooking the noodles, but I add a lot of water to the sauce, so I am thinking this is sort of the same. Cooking instructions aren't clear to me. Thanks. I love your recipes.

Gary P

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

Am I right in assuming you put the stuffed shells down in the water? Wouldn't the ones in the water and the layered ones on top cook differently? Thanks.

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