Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Shells

Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Shells are filled with seafood and ricotta and doused in a creamy parmesan and wine béchamel sauce.
Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Shells

Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Shells

By Sue Lau |  Palatable Pastime

Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Shells is my recipe of the day with the blogging group Sunday Funday. We get together weekly posting on a variety of topics presenting our best recipes for each. Each week a different member suggests a topic. This week was my turn, and I suggested pasta recipes for the Christmas table.

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Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Shells

For my selection, I decided to make seafood stuffed pasta shells. And I think these are best when done with a parmesan and wine based sauce. They’re easily filled and baked up and topped with a crunchy bread garnish. These would make a welcome addition to any holiday table. Either alone or as part of a larger spread it’s perfect to go with entrees such as turkey or ham.

Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Shells

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Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Shells

Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Shells

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Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Shells

Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Shells

Sue Lau
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 577 kcal


  • Oblong casserole dish



  • 10 ounces uncooked jumbo shell pasta


  • 10 ounces raw shrimp (peeled, deveined and chopped)
  • 6 ounces lump crab meat
  • 16 ounces Ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 dry white wine


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch of nutmeg

To Finish:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 ounces shredded Italian blend cheese or Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup seasoned croutons (crushed into crumbs)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

To prepare filling:

  • In a small mixing bowl mix lump crab meat with grated Parmesan, Old Bay, garlic and Ricotta; set aside.
  • Cook jumbo shells according to package directions and drain; shake gently to make sure they're dry.
  • Heat butter in a small skillet, add dry white wine and marjoram with shrimp and cook until wine dissipates; set aside to cool.
  • Once cool, stir shrimp into the crab and Ricotta mixture.

To prepare sauce:

  • Heat butter in a large skillet with garlic, add dry white wine and cook a couple of minutes.
  • Stir in flour and add the cold milk all at once.
  • Stir and as it thickens remove from heat, and stir in the heavy cream, Parmesan and nutmeg.
  • Spoon some of the sauce into the bottom of an oblong casserole, just enough to cover. Set the rest of the sauce aside.

Fill the pasta:

  • Fill shells with mixture placing filling side up in the baking dish. Continue until filling is used up.
  • Add 1/4 cup water to remaining sauce, since it is likely thickened and spoon over the shells in the casserole.
  • Cover the sauced shells with shredded cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 25-35 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.
  • Garnish with crushed seasoned croutons if desired.


From the kitchen of


Calories: 577kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 35gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 758mgPotassium: 390mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 776IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 464mgIron: 2mg
Keyword seafood casseroles, stuffed pasta
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