Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells are creamy, cheesy, and smothered in a rich homemade Alfredo sauce. They’re so good, even the kids won’t mind the spinach!

Stuffed pasta is a fun way to change up your average pasta dinner. This recipe has all the same flavors of Fettuccini Alfredo, with the addition of some spinach and extra cheese.

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells with spinach and white sauce

Cheesy Stuffed Shells

Our family eats a lot of pasta for dinner, so I like to find ways to switch things up every now and then. As much as we love Chicken Alfredo (especially the kids), it can get a little redundant.

That’s where these Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells come in. They have all the right components: pasta, chicken, cheese, a homemade alfredo sauce, and *even* some sneaky green spinach (the kids hardly notice).

When you stuff pasta with tons of cheese, spinach and chicken, you really can’t go wrong. And you REALLY can’t go wrong when you have Ricotta, Parmesan, AND Italian Cheeses in the recipe (told you they were cheesy!)

Chicken alfredo stuffed shells in a glass baking dish

How to make alfredo Stuffed Shells

SHELLS. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse and drain.

FILLING.  While your pasta is cooking, mix ricotta cheese, egg, parmesan cheese, spinach and chopped chicken in a medium bowl. Set aside.

SAUCE. Prepare Alfredo sauce by adding garlic to a pan and saute for 1 minute. Add broth, let bubble. Then add half&half, whipping cream, salt and pepper and parmesan cheese. Whisk constantly till combined. Allow liquid to heat up and thicken for a few minutes.

ASSEMBLE. Spread 1 cup of Alfredo sauce in the bottom of a 13×9-inch glass baking dish. Arrange shells on top of sauce. Spoon about 2 tablespoons ricotta mixture into each pasta shell until all shells are full.

BAKE. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with Italian cheese blend and bake uncovered for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve your chicken stuffed shells with any of the following sides:

Variations/Additions

  • You can use shredded chicken or even leftover rotisserie chicken
  • Use premade alfredo sauce for a quicker version
  • Sub the Alfredo Sauce with a red marinara sauce
  • Top with bacon bits and tomatoes
  • Easily double the recipe to feed a larger crowd
Chicken alfredo stuffed shells with spinach

Making Ahead & Storing

Make ahead:  You can prep the dish a few hours ahead of time (up to 4). Cover it with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it. Be sure to add a few extra minutes to the bake time.

You can also FREEZE the dish to be baked later. Once you have covered the shells with the alfredo sauce, wrap the baking pan with plastic wrap and then again with foil. Thaw in the fridge before baking. Make sure that you remove the plastic wrap, and then place the foil back on the dish before baking.

Leftovers: Place leftover shells in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can reheat them in the oven or microwave.

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Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells Recipe

4.89 from 9 votes
Spinach and Chicken Stuffed Shells are creamy, cheesy, and smothered in a rich homemade Alfredo sauce. They're so good, even the kids won't mind the spinach!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 393 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 18 Large Pasta Shells from a 16 oz package
  • 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Large Egg slightly beaten
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 cups Frozen Cut Leaf Spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
  • 1 cup Chicken cooked and chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 2 cups Shredded Italian Cheese Blend

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Half and Half
  • ½ cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ Tsp Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse and drain.
  • While your pasta is cooking, mix ricotta cheese, egg, parmesan cheese, spinach and chicken in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Prepare Alfredo sauce by adding garlic to a pan and saute for 1 minute. Add broth, let bubble. Then add half&half, whipping cream, salt and pepper and parmesan cheese. Whisk constantly till combined. Allow liquid to heat up and thicken for a few minutes.
  • Spread 1 cup of alfredo sauce in the bottom of a 13×9-inch glass baking dish. Arrange shells on top of sauce. Spoon about 2 tablespoons ricotta mixture into each pasta shell until all shells are full.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with Italian cheese blend and bake uncovered for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. Gaaaaahhhhhh – I have been dreaming of making this recipe for so long. Like – I think I have been mentioning it to my hubs for at least a couple months now. The craving just went into overdrive. Love this!!!

    1. You’ll have to let me know if you try it out, Gina! I, myself, have been wanting to make this too. 🙂

  2. Oh my, this looks absolutely delicious!!! Anything with that much cheese has got to be delicious!! Can’t wait to make it 🙂

  3. AM REALLY ENJOYING YOUR RECIPES. I HAVE TONS OF RECIPES BUT IT IS SO FUN TO TRY SOME NEW IDEAS. I ESPECIALLY LOVE YOUR CHICKEN AND FRUIT TYPE RECIPES THANK YOU HELEN

    P.S. HAVE NOT TRIED THIS RECIPE BUT WILL THIS WEEKEND

  4. if u only use one cup of alfredo sauce in the stuffed chicken and spinach shell recipe what do u do with the rest of the alfredo sauce

  5. 5 stars
    This was amazing!!! Def make again… i didnt have shells so i was flat pasta sheets and cut in half and read the chicken mixture in and rolled it . also i doubled the sauce put half in bottom of pan put rolled noodles on top then put sauce on top of noodles and baked 45 mins, took out and put cheese and parsley and baked another 20, only thing i would of put chopped mushrooms on top with cheese, but def going to make again !!! my family loved… thank you!!

    1. I would stop at step 5, after covering with foil. I would stick in the freezer at that point & when ready to bake, thaw & continue with recipe. Enjoy!!

  6. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious!!!! Only thing I would do different is double the Alfredo sauce. It’s that good and I wanted it slathered on my shells.

  7. 5 stars
    This is a tasty dish which is nicely paired with a Caesar salad and fresh garlic bread. I doubled the recipe since I have a rather large crew. Two shells are pretty filling and we still had plenty leftover for another full meal. The ricotta cheese seemed to drown out the flavor of the filling, so I would recommend substituting the ricotta cheese for cottage cheese.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing what you do! I’m so glad you enjoyed the stuffed shells. Thanks for trying it out!

  8. 5 stars
    Oh, how I love these!! Creamy sauce with pasta is the best & a crowd pleaser for sure! This has lots of flavor!

  9. 5 stars
    These are so simple to throw together on a busy night. I love that they are alfredo too! Every family member loves these. Adding this recipe into our dinner rotations more often!

  10. 5 stars
    Argh if there’s anything green in a dish my younger kids tend to snub it. Thankfully I have a couple teens whose tastes have grown to enjoy this delicious recipe with.

  11. I have looked at a couple of your recipes and they look delicious.

    But I have a problem — too much sodium. Can it be reduced in your recipes.

    Joanne

    1. I have not tried reducing the sodium in any of the recipes, so I’m not sure how they would turn out taste-wise. But you definitely could give it a try. 🙂