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Kitchen Tip: Stuffed Pasta – The Easy Way!

Have you ever wondered how to stuff pasta shells? I have a super quick tip that makes the task easier than ever! Read on to learn the easiest way to stuff pasta!

Do you have trouble with stuffed shells or filling manicotti? 

Some of you might already use this method for stuffing pasta, but I thought I’d share it anyway. It makes my life so much easier.

I really enjoy recipes like Sundried Tomato and Cheese Stuffed Shells and Manicotti Primavera.

But, what a pain to make and fill, right? WRONG! Not when you use this tip for stuffing pasta!

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In the picture I’m not holding the shell with one hand and the bag with the other because I had to press the button on the camera, but you get the idea.

This makes cooking stuffed shells seem like a lot less work, doesn’t it? Or, dare I say – Easy!?

How to Stuff Pasta – The Easy Way

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Tools Needed to Stuff Pasta

  • Pasta
  • Disposable pastry bag or quart size ziplock
  • Tall cup
  • Scissors
  • Filling

Instructions for Filling Pasta

Fill a disposable pastry bag or ziplock bag (quart size works great) with the filling you’ve made for your pasta.

The easiest way to do this is to place the bag in a tall cup, then fold the edges over the outside of the cup.

Spoon the filling into the cup – don’t fill it up too high because you’ll need to hold on to the end of the bag.

Remove the bag from the cup and twist or fold over the end so the filling doesn’t escape.

Snip the corner to make a small hole.

You’ll want to make sure it’s big enough for the filling to come out but not so big that it oozes everywhere.

Try cutting off about 1/2 inch from the tip of the bag’s corner.

Hold your shell in one hand and the bag in the other.

Hold the bag almost exactly how you’d hold a pastry bag if you were frosting something.

Squeeze with gentle pressure because you don’t want to pop the bag.

Squeeze the filling into the shell.

Set aside and repeat with the rest.

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How to Stuff Pasta – The Easy Way!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Have you ever wondered how to stuff pasta shells? I have a super quick tip that makes the task easier than ever!

Materials

  • Pasta, such as manicotti or jumbo shells
  • Pasta Filling
  • Disposable pastry bag or quart size ziplock
  • Tall cup

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Fill a disposable pastry bagor ziplock bag (quart size works great) with the filling you've made for your pasta.
  2. The easiest way to do this is to place the bag in a tall cup, then fold the edges over the outside of the cup.
  3. Spoon the filling into the cup - don't fill it up too high because you'll need to hold on to the end of the bag.
  4. Remove the bag from the cup and twist or fold over the end so the filling doesn't escape.
  5. Snip the corner to make a small hole.
  6. You'll want to make sure it's big enough for the filling to come out but not so big that it oozes everywhere.
  7. Try cutting off about 1/2 inch from the tip of the bag's corner.
  8. Hold your shell in one hand and the bag in the other.
  9. Hold the bag almost exactly how you'd hold a pastry bag if you were frosting something.
  10. Squeeze with gentle pressure because you don't want to pop the bag.
  11. Squeeze the filling into the shell.
  12. Set aside and repeat with the rest.

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Sydna Roseborough

Thursday 22nd of February 2018

Do you know if there is a no-boil manicotti as there is a no-boil lasagna noodle?

Katie

Friday 23rd of February 2018

I haven't seen any before in my stores.

nabel

Tuesday 7th of April 2015

Please the recipe of the mixture.

Katie Goodman

Wednesday 8th of April 2015

you can find that here http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2010/10/manicotti-primavera.html

Russell

Tuesday 29th of October 2013

I use this method to fill devilled eggs

Marie Wolfe

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

Great idea...will definitely try the next time I make stuffed shells. By the way, is that a Corian counter top you are working on? Just curious, as I work for DuPont and work directly with Corian.

Katie

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

Yes it is Corian.

MsPiggy408

Tuesday 31st of July 2012

Can u please teach me your version of the filling? Thanx so much, Godbless!

Katie

Wednesday 1st of August 2012

The filling was leftovers from this recipe as I mentioned in the post: http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2010/10/manicotti-primavera.html