Ninja Foodi No-Boil Method Stuffed Shells

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The Ninja Foodi outdid it with this Ninja Foodi No-Boil Method Stuffed Shells recipe. The quick and easy ricotta-stuffed shell that cooks to perfection. Toast right in the Foodi for that glorious golden brown cheese on top. 

Stuffed shells are my weakness. Pasta runs through our veins, and this recipe came to me one night! I suddenly realized that I should be able to cook stuffed shells in a pressure cooker the same way I do regular pasta.  You Ninja Foodi is the perfect way to cook traditional pasta shells and not pre-boiling them first.

Ninja Foodi No-Boil Stuffed Shells 

The Ninja Foodi is one of the best kitchen devices I have used. It’s like an Instant Pot and Air Fryer In one. So you get quick meals that still offer that golden brown baked look without touching your shells! 

ninja foodi no-boil method stuffed shells

What Size Shells Do You Need For Stuffed Shells

You need to buy the jumbo size shells. Just the regular box of jumbo shells you have been using for years. But this time you do not need to boil the pasta and pre-cook the shells as you normally would. You will stuff the ricotta cheese mixture right inside the uncooked shell.

This was a game-changer for me, cause pre-cooking Shells always takes so much effort! 

Can You Layer Stuffed Shells in Ninja Foodi

Yes! You sure can, so it saved you from having to create layers that don’t touch or batch cook. Just pile them right into the Foodi, top with your remaining sauce and cook. 

Ninja Foodi No-Boil Method Stuffed Shells

How Do You Get Golden Cheese On Top of Ninja Foodi Pasta

Once your pasta has finished cooking, simply remove the lid of the pressure cooker and then place the crisping lid. Then sprinkle on the cheese and crisp up and it will make cheese golden brown. 

It will look like you cooked the shells right in the oven. Grab a spoon and dish up a winning pasta dish! 

Best Pasta Sauce To Use For Stuffed Shells

You can use any sauce you and your family enjoy. Personally, I love pasta sauce that is loaded with flavor and vegetables. Making homemade is always nice.

But when you don’t have the time to reach for a pasta sauce at the store. Buying a quality sauce will help elevate the pasta dish flavor. 

How to Store Stuffed Shells

Store your stuffed shells in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days in the fridge. Always use your best judgment in terms of if Shells have gone bad or not. 

Can You Freeze Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Yes! Take whatever you won’t eat and lay them down in a baking dish. Add in the extra sauce around the shells. Cover and wrap tightly in aluminum foil and tuck into freezer for up to three months. 

To cook place wrapped in foil in the oven at 350 degrees for around 45 minutes. Remove aluminum foil, top with cheese and finish baking till golden brown and bubbly.

No boil noodles have truly transformed my meal time when it comes to pasta. Give this recipe a try today and let me know how you enjoy it! 

Have you tried stuffed shells in Ninja Foodi before? 

Pair these shell with some delicious Instant Pot Homemade Bread. For another delicious Ninja Foodi dinner try my Ninja Foodi 3 Packet Pot Roast, it is so good!!

ninja foodi no-boil method stuffed shells

Ninja Foodi No-Boil Method 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. Air fry for 2-3 minutes for the cheese to melt.
  8. Serve & ENJOY! 

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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