Skillet Goats Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

I love stuffed pasta shells and these glorious treats are stuffed with salami and goats cheese and baked in the oven in a cast iron skillet.

Portrait image of Goats Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells served in a cast iron pan with two steaming pasta shells on a serving spoon

Skillet Goats Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells.

I love Stuffed Pasta Shells and this just happens to be my favourite way to stuff them. I would say that wouldnโ€™t I, but seriously this is the only way I do it!

Most of my pasta recipes are much closer to Italian classic pasta ideas. This one, however, is full on Italian American and all the better for it. Regular readers will know I am much more interested in flavour than I am authenticity and these stuffed pasta shells really deliver on flavour.

That acidic salty kick from the goats cheese is mellowed by the tomato sauce and matched perfectly by the slightly spicy salami.

I love stuffed pasta shells and these glorious treats are stuffed with salami and goats cheese and baked in the oven in a cast iron skillet.

Get Creative With Salami.

Salami is not just for pizza!

My choice of salami for these stuffed pasta shells is uniquely Hungarian, a Mangalica Kolbasz. Kolbasz is just the word for this type of cured sausage and Mangalica refers to the breed of pig.

Mangalica pigs as far as I am concerned are the kings of the pork world. Little known outside of Hungary the Mangalica pig is furry, yes furry! Check out this article for more on my favourite porker!

Most importantly it is really quite fatty in comparison to many breeds of pig. You will often find marbling in the meat in much the same way you would with great quality beef.

Portrait overhead image of Goats Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells cooked and served in a cast iron skillet

Goats Cheese, Love It or Hate It?

Goats cheese certainly seems to be a bit of a Marmite type of food. Any claiming to love or hate it with very little in between.

I am firmly in the love it brigade! Paired up with a spicy salami and turned into these stuffed pasta shells then baked in the oven over a simple tomato sauce and I am in comfort food heaven.

Cooking it in the skillet also means very little washing up too, so a win all the way around.

Goats Cheese is a regular guest star here on krumpli. Whether it is this rather fancy and indulgent fried goats cheese or the sublimely simple pesto spaghetti with goats cheese, Iโ€™m in. All in!

You could use any type of cured dried sausage for this recipe and I have used salami more as a generic name here so no fixed ideas. I think spice works really well.

But what you really are looking to take advantage of is the wonderful oils in the salami. Cooking it down in the skillet first gives you an incredible base for your sauce.

Portrait close up image of Goats Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Cast Iron Skillet Recipes.

If you are a regular here you will know I am a little bit fond of cooking in a cast iron skillet. I’ve had mine for nigh on 30 years and it has been a faithful companion in my cooking history.

Whether it be my Skillet toad in the hole, kedgeree or even bubble and squeak they are recipes very close to my heart!

The great thing about cooking in a cast iron skillet is the ease of clean up. Seriously they just wipe out, no scrubbing or elbow grease!

My wife loves me cooking recipes like this stuffed pasta shell recipe and not just because it tastes fantastic. You see we have a rule and that is the cook never washes up, this recipe means very little washing up!

Do you own a cast iron skillet? If so what are your favourite cast iron skillet recipes? I love new ideas from my readers!

Landscape image of Goats Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells served in a cast iron pan with two pasta shells on a serving spoon
Skillet Goats Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Skillet Goats Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

I love stuffed pasta shells and these glorious treats are stuffed with salami and goats cheese and baked in the oven in a cast iron skillet.


  • 120 g Large Pasta Shells
  • 100 g Salami, My preference is for something with a little spice chopped into 3-5mm dice
  • 1 Onion, About 75g finely diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Finely Sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 250 ml Tomato Passata, Tomato sauce in the US apparently
  • 25 g Bread Crumbs
  • 20 g Butter
  • 200 g Soft Goats Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese For Grating
  • Chives, Chopped (optional)


  1. Cook the pasta shells in boiling salted water until cooked a little less (90 seconds or so) than you would to serve normally.
  2. Heat your skillet over a medium heat and add the salami to the dry pan and allow to cook so it release the oil for 5 minutes.
  3. After 5 minutes remove around half of the salami and set aside then add in the onion and garlic and cook in the oil for 3 minutes.
  4. Now add in the tomato puree and stir in before adding the passata, reducing the heat to low and cooking for 10 minutes, test for seasoning and add salt and pepper as required.
  5. Whilst the sauce is cooking preheat your oven to 180ยฐC.
  6. Melt the butter in a frying pan and fry off the breadcrumbs until golden and the drain on some kitchen paper.
  7. Divide the cooked salami that you set aside into the bottom of the pasta shells and then stuff with the soft goats cheese.
  8. Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and the the grated Parmesan cheese and arrange in a single layer over the tomato sauce and transfer to the oven and cook for 30 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle with chopped chives when ready to serve.


We all know that cast iron gets hot so be careful when cooking with one of these bad boys.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 737Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 1839mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 38g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

32 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. Would you be able to convert the grams and ml into ozs, please? Will be trying this very, very soon.
    Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Hi Annette…

      Sorry, I really don’t think in imperial measurements and I find automatic converters for websites pretty poor as they go well beyond metric to imperial and mess with all sorts of parts of the recipe.

      Here is a website that is about the most reliable I have found when it comes to converting, just type your weight into any box and it will pop up for you in imperial measures. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Goat cheese is my favorite cheese, and I can wait to try this amazing recipe. I want to say that the pictures you put in this post are incredibly delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing this dish with us.

  3. You had me at goat’s cheese. It’s one of my favorites and I can’t wait to try this for dinner this week!

    • I love this meal, super simple and stupidly tasty… I am always shocked to hear that there are people out there that dislike goats cheese, there is nowt as strange as folk ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Now I need to make this too. I still have canned passata from your recipe posted earlier this year I can use. Yay!

  5. I adore goat cheese, and his recipe looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it. But could you please tell me what tomato passata is? I live in Canada and have never come across this before. Is there an alternative if I can’t find it?

  6. This looks so beautiful and just delicious. Love how you used goat cheese in this recipe ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sharing this!

  7. We are totally on the same page — first I’m a goat cheese lover too! Second, I just made a whole dish of stuffed shells! Great minds think alike!

    • Such a simple dish and perfect for this time of year… I can’t get my head around people not liking goats cheese, I think they are very strange ๐Ÿ˜‰ However many people call me strange as I don’t like Avocado (among many other reasons) ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  8. Basically…I’d love to swan dive right into this skillet and enjoy every single bite of these shells. Is that weird? I just love goat cheese and this combination of flavors sounds amazing!

    • Be careful the skillet aint very deep and you will hurt your head… My I suggest a spoon, a big one, instead ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€


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