Olive Tapenade & Pancetta Flatbread

Flatbread cut into 3 pieces on a pan with a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade,  creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil.  #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
Close up of Flatbread with crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade,  creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil.  #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

This is no kids-party-cheese-pizza!  Nope, this is a magical, transformational, perhaps even life-changing Flatbread with layers and layers of flavor!  Let the kids keep their plain cheese on make-your-own pizza night, this is YOUR Pizza.  This Flatbread has a crispy crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade,  creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. 

While I used a Gluten Free dough (see below), you can certainly use a regular ‘with-gluten’ dough.  Either way, this recipe is perfect for outdoors during the Summer, or cozying up inside!

 

Hand holding a piece of Flatbread cut into 4 pieces on a pan with a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Olives make it Healthy-ish?

Ok, who am I kidding, this recipe is not for your health, it’s for your taste buds!  However, if you do need some rationalization to indulge in this decadent Flatbread, then I present you the MIGHTY OLIVE!

As I mentioned on the blog before, they are high in fat, however, it’s a good oleic fat that has been linked to decreased inflammation and a reduced risk of heart disease.  They are also a good source of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant.  For more on the health benefits of Olives, check out this article from HeathLine.com.

Here are a couple more of my favorite Olive recipes.  Try this Creamy Olive Chicken Bake and never have bland chicken again!  Or my Pimiento Olive Dip for your next party or just for snacking with veggies!

Flatbread cut into 4 pieces on a pan with a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

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PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR OLIVE TAPENADE & PANCETTA FLATBREAD

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For this Flatbread recipe, you can prepare all of the toppings in advance and keep them in the fridge.  You can even precook the crust (instructions under Cooking section) and store that in the fridge.

Let’s start with the first layer, the delicious Olive Tapenade.  In a mini food processor, the olives, garlic, and olive oil. Pulse and then blend until completely blended and forming a paste.

Olive tapenade in food processor with spoon for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Slice the pancetta into small pieces. Slice the mushrooms if not already sliced.

To a preheated large skillet, add the pancetta and to render the fat and start to crisp it up, about 6-8 minutes. Remove the pancetta pieces to a plate, leaving the fat in the pan.

Cut raw Pancetta on cutting board for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Pancetta in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Pancetta in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Scooping pancetta from skillet with slotted spoon for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Add the sliced mushrooms to pancetta fat in the hot pan and sauté until lightly browned and softened.  Mushrooms in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Mushrooms in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
At this point, you can continue to assemble and cook the flatbread or store the ingredients in the fridge. Wait to cut the basil until you are ready to cook.

 

COOK YOUR OLIVE TAPENADE & PANCETTA FLATBREAD

Start with your favorite pizza dough.  I used Wholly Wholesome Gluten-Free Pizza Dough.  If you’re using Regular Gluten Pizza Dough, you will want to roll it out on a lightly floured surface and then stretch it out gently to form a large rectangle.  If you’re using Gluten-Free Pizza Dough, like I did, then simply press it out directly into a pan.  Either way, the goal is to get a very thin rectangle layer (as thin as you can go without breaking it) to go in the large sheet pan, filling up as much space as possible. If you do rip the dough or create a whole, simply press it back together again.

Hand pressing Flatbread dough out in a pan for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

For a really crispy crust, I like to prebake the crust for 10 minutes, then take out and set aside until ready to assemble.

Spread a thin layer of the olive tapenade over the flatbread, then top with mozzarella

spoon spreading olive tapenade on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Olive tapenade spread on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Hand putting shredded cheese on olive tapenade on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Spread the mushrooms around, then add the pancetta. 

Cook in oven for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden and crust is starting to lightly brown.

Hand putting pancetta and mushrooms on cheese on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner Now, stay back kids!  This one for Mom and Dad!  (I mean, of course you can share)  ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Flatbread with crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Hand Holding piece of Flatbread with crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Olive Tapenade and Pancetta Flatbread

This life-changing Flatbread has layers and layers of flavor!  It has a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade,  creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil.  #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword basil, flatbread, gluten free, kalamata olives, mozzarella, olives, pizza
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 Pieces
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Pizza Dough fresh or frozen
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 clove garlic, rough chopped
  • 1/4 lb Pancetta
  • 1 cup Cremini or white button mushrooms sliced
  • 8 oz Shredded Low-Moisture Mozzarella
  • 1/4 Cup Basil

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Slice the pancetta into small pieces.  Slice the mushrooms.  

    Cut raw Pancetta on cutting board for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  2. To a preheated large skillet, add the pancetta and to render the fat and start to crisp it up, about 6-8 minutes.  Remove the pancetta pieces to a plate, leaving the fat in the pan.

    Scooping pancetta from skillet with slotted spoon for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  3. Add sliced mushrooms to hot pan and sauté until lightly browned and softened.

    Mushrooms in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  4. In a mini processor, add the olives, garlic, and 2 Tbsp olive oil. Pulse until completely ground and forming a paste.

    Olive tapenade in food processor with spoon for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  5. At this point, you can continue to assemble and cook the flatbread or store the ingredients in the fridge.  Wait to cut the basil until you are ready to cook.

Assemble and Cook Flatbread

  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly oil the bottom of a large sheet pan.

  2. Regular Gluten Pizza Dough: Roll out on a lightly floured surface and then stretch it out lightly.

    Gluten-Free Pizza Dough: Press it out directly into a pan 

    For either of the above dough methods, you want to get a very thin rectangle layer (as thin as you can go without breaking it) to go in the large sheet pan, filling up as much space as possible.  If you do rip the dough or create a whole, simply press it back together again.

    Hand pressing Flatbread dough out in a pan for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  3. For a crunchy crust, cook in oven for 10 minutes, then take out and set aside until ready to assemble

  4. Spread a thin layer of the olive tapenade over the flatbread, then top with mozzarella
    Hand putting shredded cheese on olive tapenade on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  5. Spread the mushrooms around, then add the pancetta.
    Hand putting pancetta and mushrooms on cheese on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  6. Cook in oven for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden and crust is starting to brown.  While it's cooking, roll the Basil and then thinly slice (chiffonade)

  7. When you take the flatbread out, sprinkle the Basil all over top.  Cut into 6 large pieces and enjoy!

    Flatbread cut into 4 pieces on a pan with a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Turkey and Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce

Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce on plate with casserole dish in background. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Turkey and Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken.  The Shredded Turkey combined with Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta is creamy and cheesy and delicious.  Stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it’s a perfect dish that the family will love!  Make and eat or even freeze for later.

Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce in casserole dish with piece scooped out. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

I’m always looking to find easy ways to prepare dinner.  And what’s easier than preparing a bunch of roasted chicken breasts and then using them in a variety of easy and different dinners.  The trick is making sure that the flavors are different and exciting.  These Stuffed Ricotta Shells are perfect for doing just that!

This dish is also a fantastic way to use leftover Turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas!  Simply shred the leftover meat, add it to the stuffing, and that’s it!

Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce on plate with casserole dish in background. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR RICOTTA STUFFED SHELL COOKING KIT

For this recipe, there is very little that you need to prep ahead, unless you are preparing the entire casserole and baking it later.  I have made that assumption, but if you are immediately cooking, the instructions are to simply move it right into the oven.For this recipe, the intent is to use either leftovers, a store bought rotisserie chicken, or use chicken that you have roasted ahead for several meals.

So, the first step is to prepare the already cooked turkey or chicken by shredding it using either your fingers (I think the easiest way) or using 2 forks.

Shredded Turkey for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. They are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

In a large mixing bowl, add all Filling ingredients except the shredded turkey and combine together.  Once mixed thoroughly, add the turkey and fold in.

Ricotta Filling ingredients in a bowl for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. They are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Ricotta Filling in a bowl for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. They are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Shredded Turkey added to Ricotta Filling for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. They are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!
Cook the Jumbo Pasta Shells to al dente (not fully cooked). The shells will finish cooking in the oven.  When the shells are done boiling, strain them and run cool water over them to stop the cooking.

Hand holding Jumbo Pasta Shell over boiling water for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Boiling Jumbo Shells for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Boiling Jumbo Shells for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

To a 9×11 Casserole Dish (3 Quart Dish) add a small amount of the tomato sauce from the whole tomatoes, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Spread the sauce around. Sprinkle a pinch of Italian Seasoning all over.

Tomato sauce at bottom of casserole dish for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Make the Tomato Sauce by emptying the whole tomatoes and remaining tomato sauce into a bowl. Crush the whole tomatoes using a fork or just your hands/fingers. Add 1 tsp Italian Seasoning, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground pepper.

Stuff each of the pasta shells with some of the Turkey Ricotta filling. You want to try to get 15-16 shells stuffed (you probably will not have dish space or filling for more than this), so do not over-stuff, as you can always go back and add more stuffing. Also, I like to stuff first, then layer into the dish. It’s easier to go back and re-stuff before adding to the sauce.

Once you have them all stuffed, start layering them in row by row starting with the short end of the dish and going across.

Stuffed Pasta Shells being layered into a tomato sauce in a casserole dish for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Stuffed Pasta Shells layered into a tomato sauce in a casserole dish for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Pour the tomato sauce over the shells, then sprinkle half of the Parmesan Cheese on top evenly. Next sprinkle the Mozzarella evenly over top and the remaining parmesan cheese on top of that.

Parmesan and Tomatoes on Stuffed Pasta Shells layered into a casserole dish for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Mozzarella, Parmesan and Tomatoes on Stuffed Pasta Shells layered into a casserole dish for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

COOK YOUR RICOTTA STUFFED SHELLS

Bake in a Preheated 350 F degree oven for 45 minutes.

Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce in casserole dish with piece scooped out. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce in casserole dish with piece scooped out. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Serve & ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce on plate cut with casserole dish in background. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Turkey and Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce

Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken.  The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Shells and Filling

  • 15 oz Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 cups Shredded Turkey or Chicken
  • 2 tsp Garlic, Minced
  • 3 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Sauce and Topping

  • 28 oz Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Garlic, Minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

Prep Ahead to Make your Kit

  1. Shred Turkey or chicken with fingers or using 2 forks.

    Shredded Turkey for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. They are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all Filling ingredients except the shredded turkey and combine together.  

    Ricotta Filling ingredients in a bowl for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. They are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!
  3. Once mixed thoroughly, add the turkey and fold in.
    Shredded Turkey added to Ricotta Filling for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. They are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!
  4. Cook the Jumbo Pasta Shells to al dente (not fully cooked).  The shells will finish cooking in the oven.  When the shells are done boiling, strain them and run cool water over them to stop the cooking.

    Boiling Jumbo Shells for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!
  5. To a 9x11 Casserole Dish (3 Quart Dish) add a small amount of the tomato sauce from the whole tomatoes, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan.  Spread the sauce around.  Sprinkle a pinch of Italian Seasoning all over.

    Tomato sauce at bottom of casserole dish for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!
  6. Make the Tomato Sauce by emptying the whole tomatoes and remaining tomato sauce into a bowl.  Crush the whole tomatoes using a fork or just your hands/fingers.  Add 1 tsp Italian Seasoning, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground pepper.

  7. Stuff each of the pasta shells with some of the Turkey Ricotta filling.  You want to try to get 15-16 shells stuffed (you probably will not have dish space or filling for more than this), so do not over-stuff, as you can always go back and add more stuffing.  Also, I like to stuff first, then layer into the dish.  It's easier to go back and re-stuff before adding to the sauce.

  8. Once you have them all stuffed, start layering them in row by row starting with the short end of the dish and going across.

    Stuffed Pasta Shells layered into a tomato sauce in a casserole dish for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!
  9. Pour the tomato sauce over the shells, then sprinkle half of the Parmesan Cheese on top evenly.  Next sprinkle the Mozzarella evenly over top and the remaining parmesan cheese on top of that.

    Mozzarella, Parmesan and Tomatoes on Stuffed Pasta Shells layered into a casserole dish for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Cook your Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells

  1. Bake in a Preheated 350 F degree oven for 45 minutes.   

  2. Serve and enjoy!