Sausage Stuffed Shells

3
Valerie Reeves

By
@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!

Rating:
★★★★★ 33 votes
Comments:
Serves:
6
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
35 Min
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

How to Make Sausage Stuffed Shells

Step-by-Step

  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool on paper towel.
  • 2Brown 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.
  • 3Add diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and cream cheese to skillet, continue cooking on medium heat until cream cheese is completely melted. (About 15-20 minutes).
  • 4Pour 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.
  • 5Spray a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon 3-4 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce into bottom of pan and spread around.
  • 6Spoon meat mixture into each shell and place in pan. This recipe should make 16-18 shells. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over the shells.
  • 7Bake 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.

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About Sausage Stuffed Shells

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Italian
Collection: Member's Choice
Recipe For: The Best Sausage