Sausage Stuffed Shells

Valerie Reeves Recipe

By Valerie Reeves Marin8

For years, I tried to find a recipe for stuffed shells and/or manicotti that included meat in the filling. So, after lots of experimenting, I came up with my own! My husband and kids beg me to make this - they say it is the best pasta dish ever!


Recipe Rating:
 33 Ratings
Serves:
6
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Bake

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This a a terrific variation of a stuffed shells recipe. The silky cream cheese is the perfect off-set for the slightly spicy sausage. A real winner!

Ingredients

8 oz
jumbo pasta shells
24 oz jar(s)
spaghetti sauce
1 lb
hot, mild, or italian sausage
14.5 oz can(s)
petite diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp
italian seasoning
4 oz
cream cheese
2 1/2 c
mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 c
parmesan cheese, shredded
1
egg, beaten


Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool on paper towel.
2
Brown sausage in large skillet on medium heat. Drain fat and return skillet to stove. Ground beef may also be used. I prefer hot or Italian sausage.
3
Add diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and cream cheese to skillet, continue cooking on medium heat until cream cheese is completely melted. (About 15-20 minutes).
4
Pour contents of skillet into large mixing bowl. Add beaten egg, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese and mix thoroughly. Mixture may seem a little watery, but don't worry, it will thicken during baking.
5
Spray a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon 3-4 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce into bottom of pan and spread around.
6
Spoon meat mixture into each shell and place in pan. This recipe should make 16-18 shells. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over the shells.
7
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, spread remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese on top of shells, and return to oven for last 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
8
**Note - Optional ingredients that may be added to skillet include spinach, onions, mushrooms, depending on preference.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Italian
  • Comments

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    Dan Hammond Hambone - Oct 4, 2010
    I had these last week and they were the best pasta shells I've ever had...I'm not a big fan of ravioli or stuffed pasta, but this dish with the sausage really tickled my tastebuds...excellent dish. Thanks for sharing it!
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    Kimberly Kay KimberlyV65 - Nov 30, 2010
    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I'll give it a try soon; sounds wonderful!
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    Brenda Replogle Brenda48 - Nov 30, 2010
    This sounds absolutely delicious!! Are you saying you can add the spinach along with the sausage? I am getting hungry just reading the recipe. Thanks for sharing!!!
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    cookie vigue cookev - Nov 30, 2010
    sounds wonderful, but why the cream cheese?
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    Valerie Reeves Marin8 - Nov 30, 2010
    Yes Brenda, the spinach does taste great with the sausage - almost like a pizza! And the cream cheese adds a little "tang" and creaminess to the mixture. I put cream cheese in my lasagna, also. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!