a spoon holding stuffed shells filled with ricotta and spinach

Crock Pot Turkey Stuffed Shells with Spinach

  • Author: Krista @
  • prep_time Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 3 hours
  • total_time Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • yield Yield: 7-9 servings 1x
  • category Category: Turkey
  • method Method: Crock Pot
  • cuisine Cuisine: Italian


Easy Crock Pot Turkey Stuffed Shells with Spinach are the perfect make-ahead dinner for the family! Stuff each dry shell with a turkey spinach ricotta mixture then smother with sauce and cheese! The ultimate comfort food bite! 



  • 28 jumbo shells
  • 1.5  jars ( or 4.5 cups) of marinara sauce (use 2 different 25 oz. jars)
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dry basil
  • 1 tablespoon dry parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups fresh diced spinach
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • diced parsley for garnish


  1. Sauté Turkey & Spinach. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add avocado oil and diced onions. Cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic to the pan and saute for 30 seconds. Next add in the ground turkey. Cook turkey until no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Add in the fresh spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Make Filling. In a large bowl add ricotta cheese, turkey spinach mixture, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir to combine everything.
  3. Stuff Shells: Stuff each jumbo shell with spinach turkey ricotta mixture.
  4. Layer Crock Pot with Prepared Shells: Add 3 cups of marinara sauce to the bottom of the slow cooker. Place 14 stuffed shells on top of the sauce. Spoon 1 1/2 cups of marinara sauce over shells. Top with remaining stuffed shells and finish with the rest of the sauce.
  5. Cook in Crock Pot: Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 until shells are cooked and tender.
  6. Top with Mozzarella: When shells are cooked sprinkle mozzarella cheese over shells. Wait 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Garnish with parsley. Serve!

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