Tikka Masala Shells

Tikka Masala Shells

Tikka Masala Shells are filled with spicy paneer and veggie mix, coated with rich and creamy tikka masala sauce, topped with cheese then baked to perfection

Baked shells are one of the easy ways to serve delicious pasta to a crowd. Because you can make it in a big quantity without doing one at a time like work. I usually make stuffed shells using my LOADED VEGGIE LASAGNA filling and same sauce. However sometimes you just need to change things up for fun. These fusion shells are results of leftover repurpose I did during last year’s thanksgiving dinner prep. It turned out so delish that I had to recreate them with proper measurements and document it for you all!

tikka masala shells

Tikka Masala Shells are a delicious fusion shells filled with spicy paneer and veggie mix, coated with rich and creamy tikka masala sauce, topped with cheese and then baked to perfection. This makes a great holiday time dish that you can prep ahead and assemble on the day of in just minutes. The paneer mix is loaded with amazing Indian inspired flavors with a touch of Thecha chutney. While the sauce is a good mix of my TIKKA MASALA SAUCE and Rao’s Garlicky Alfredo Sauce. You can certainly use store bought tikka masala sauce for the ease.


Both the paneer mix and sauce can be prepared ahead of time. Boil your shells ahead of time and simply assemble on the day you want to serve it. Top it with spicy smokey cheese, hot pepper & butter. And then bake it till hot & bubbly. If you are not drooling by now, I might want to read it all over again, LOL just kidding. This dish is one of those you cannot go wrong with. And it is to take your pasta game to next level for sure! I say you take my words for it and just make it, you will thank me later!

tikka masala sauce

Pair this fiery dish with MASALA PULL APART BREAD and TANDOORI BRUSSELS SPROUTS along with BEET ROOT, APPLE AND SPINACH SALAD. Then add BASUNDI CAKE for dessert. It would be truly an ultimate feast! Hope you try this amazing recipe and like it as much as we do as a family! Leave me a comment below or tag me on Instagram @myvegetarianroots if you end up making it and liking it!
Happy & Healthy Eating!

Tikka Masala Shells

Tikka Masala Shells are filled with spicy paneer and veggie mix, coated with rich and creamy tikka masala sauce, topped with cheese then baked to perfection
Course Main Course
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 5


Paneer & Veggie Filling

  • 1 Fresh Red Hot Chili seeds and veins removed
  • 2 clove Minced Garlic
  • 1 cup Chopped Onions
  • 1 cup Chopped Peppers
  • 2 cup Cubed Paneer tiny cubes
  • cup Froze Mixed Veggies thawed
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • ¾ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Thecha Chutney or Trader Joes Bomba Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Cream Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Tikka Masala Sauce https://myvegetarianroots.com/tikka-masala-sauce/
  • ½ cup Cilantro

Creamy Tikka Masala Sauce

  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 2 cup Homemade Tikka Masala Sauce https://myvegetarianroots.com/tikka-masala-sauce/

    OR store bought will do just fine too!

  • ½ cup Rao's Garlicky Alfredo Sauce OR any choice of Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • Water to get preferred sauce consistency just refular water or pasta water that you boil your shells in for richer sauce texture/consistancy/taste


  • 14-16 Jumbo Shells boiled al dente
  • 4 oz 3 Pepper Colby Jack Cheese shredded
  • 1 tbsp Butter cut in tiny pieces to top the shells
  • 1 Fresh Red Hot Chili seeds and veins removed, cut in rings to top the shells
  • ¼ cup Cilantro


Paneer & Veggie Filling

  • Heat butter. Once melted, saute chopped fresh hot red chili & minced garlic until raw smell of garlic is gone. Do not brown the garlic.
  • Add in chopped onions and peppers. Saute them with ¼ tsp of salt until onions are translucent.
  • Simmer frozen veggies in hot water along with cubed paneer for couple of minutes. Drain the water out and let it strain until onions & peppers are cooking.
  • Once onions are translucent, add in veggies & paneer. Mix well.
  • Add in ½ tsp of salt, kashmiri red chili powder, garam masala, thecha chutney (or Trader Joes Bomba Sauce), 2 tbsp of cream cheese and 2 tbsp of Tikka Masala Sauce. Mix well until cream cheese is well combined with the veggie & paneer mix. Cover and cook for couple of minutes on low heat.
  • Mix in freshly chopped cilantro. Take the veggie paneer mix out in a bowl and keep it aside.

Prepare the Sauce

  • In the same pot you cooked the veggie paneer mix, melt 1 tbsp of butter. No need to wash the pot for making the sauce.
  • Add in 2 cups of Tikka Masala Sauce and ½ cup of Rao's garlicky Alfredo sauce. Mix well and simmer for couple of minutes. If it seems too thick, add little water at a time to get pasta sauce like consistency.

Assemble the shells and bake

  • Preheat oven at 400° F. Layer some sauce on a baking tray, making it a thin layer at the bottom.
  • Fill each boiled jumbo shell with generous amount of veggie and paneer filling. Then place them on the pasta layer in the baking tray.
  • Once all the shells are filled and placed on the baking tray in a single layer, drizzle rest of the sauce on top making sure it coats all the shells well.
  • Top it with shredded cheese. Place thinly sliced fresh hot red chili on each shell, then top them with tiny amount of butter. Sprinkle a tiny amount of kashmiri red chili powder and garam masala on each shell.
  • Bake them uncovred for 20 minutes on 400° F , or until the cheese is well melted and turning golden brown while the sauce is simmering hot.
  • Once baked, garnish with fresh cilantro and simply serve it with side of BEET ROOT, APPLE AND SPINACH SALAD and MASALA PULL APART BREAD!
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