Chicken Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 20 Jumbo Pasta Shells, uncooked
For the Pesto Chicken:
  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cooked and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Pesto
  • pinch of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
For the Ricotta Filling:
  • 15 ounces Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Chopped Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
For the Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 tablespoon All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
For Garnish:
  • Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a large baking dish (I used a 2QT dish) with cooking spray.
  2. Cook and drain the pasta shells as instructed on the box.
  3. Add avocado to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Scoop the avocado into a large bowl with the chicken, pepper, salt, pesto, red pepper flakes, olive oil and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Stir to combine.
  4. Combine all of the ingredients for the ricotta mix in a medium bowl. Stir to combine well. Set aside.
  5. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter for the sauce. Whisk in flour and cook until golden brown, approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in milk, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. Bring sauce to a simmer until thickened, approximately 4 minutes.
  6. Pour sauce into greased baking dish.
  7. Stuff each pasta shell halfway with the ricotta mixture. Fill each shell the rest of the way with the pesto chicken mixture. Place shells in the sauce in the baking dish.
  8. Top with 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella. Bake for 20 minutes until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Serve immediately.


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Author: Meghan Bassett
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 251
Calories 616

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g
  Saturated Fat 11g
Sodium 715mg
Total Carbohydrate 35g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 3g
Protein 37g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.