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sausage-stuffed shells

a recipe by
Samantha Bideau
Louisville, KY

This is a great Italian dish. The most difficult part is getting the shells just right so that they don't tear when you try to fill them. I usually cook my on the shorter time frame so that they are still a little firm.

serves 4 servings
method Stove Top

Ingredients For sausage-stuffed shells

  • 12
    uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 2/3 lb
    bulk italian sausage
  • 2 can
    (8oz each) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 c
    tomato paste
  • 1/4 c
  • 2 tsp
    brown sugar
  • 1 tsp
    italian seasoning
  • 2/3 c
    4% cottage cheese
  • 1 1/2 c
    shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1
    egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp
  • grated parmesan cheese

How To Make sausage-stuffed shells

  • 1
    Cook pasta shells according to package directions.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Set half of the sausage aside for filling.
  • 3
    Add the tomato paste, water, brown sugar, and Italian seasoning to remaining sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 4
    Drain pasta.
  • 5
    In a large bowl, combine the cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, egg, parsley and reserved sausage. Stuff into shells.
  • 6
    Spread 1/2 cup meat sauce into an ungreased shallow 2 quart baking dish. Arrange stuffed shells in dish; drizzle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.
  • 7
    Bake uncovered at 350* for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.

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