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stuffed jumbo shells (ground turkey & sausage)

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Renée G.
Uptown, AR

This came about when I needed to use up a leftover 1/2 lb. of ground turkey; one carrot, the last egg, and a few other bits 'n bobs left in the fridge the day before grocery shopping day. It actually turned out surprisingly well and it's already been requested a second time. Figured I'd better get in print what I'd done before I forgot. And even though it seems to have a long list of ingredients, it's really simple enough for one of the boys to make by themselves. That's always a plus. If you try it, I do hope you will let me know what you think.

(2 ratings)
yield 4 - 6
prep time 30 Min
cook time 55 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For stuffed jumbo shells (ground turkey & sausage)

  • 12 jumbo pasta shells
  • ½ lb. ground turkey
  • ¼ lb. bulk breakfast pork sausage
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup fine bread or cracker crumbs
  • about 4 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed, water squeezed out, and chopped again
  • 1 small carrot, shredded
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. dried basil
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, homemade or store bought

How To Make stuffed jumbo shells (ground turkey & sausage)

  • 1
    Grate carrot and chop thawed squeezed dry spinach; set aside. Grate parmesan cheese; set aside.
  • 2
    In mixing bowl, thoroughly mix everything, except marinara sauce, with ¼ cup parmesan cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and set in fridge for about an hour, to allow flavors to mingle and bread crumbs to hydrate.
  • 3
    Heat oven to 350º F. Spray 9” square baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 4
    Cook shells in boiling, salted, water for 10 - 12 minutes. Drain, rinse, just to cool enough so you can handle. Drain.
  • 5
    Spread about ½ cup of the pasta sauce over bottom of baking dish. Spoon mixture into each pasta shell. Arrange shells, filled sides up, on sauce in baking dish.
  • 6
    Pour remaining sauce over stuffed shells. Spray a piece of foil with cooking spray; cover shells with foil. Bake 40 minutes.
  • 7
    Uncover; sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer.

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