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Sausage, Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells

sausage, spinach and cheese stuffed shells Entree Italian
Sausage, Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 6

With three kinds of cheese and plenty of sweet Italian sausage, this easy stuffed shells recipe is one you'll make again and again. ...MORE+ LESS-

March 14, 2018

Ingredients

1
package (12 oz.) jumbo pasta shells
2
tablespoons olive oil
1/2
cup finely chopped onion
3/4
lb. bulk sweet Italian sausage
2
cloves garlic, minced
1
large egg
15
oz. whole or part-skim ricotta cheese
1
box (9 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
3/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
4
oz. fresh mozzarella, grated
1/2
teaspoon kosher salt
1/2
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1
jar (32 oz.) tomato sauce with basil

Steps

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  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add pasta shells and cook according to package instructions. Drain shells in a colander and rinse under cold water. Set on paper towels to try.
  • 2
    Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add sausage and cook until no longer pink (about 5 minutes more), stirring frequently and breaking it into smaller pieces as you go. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Remove pan from heat and allow sausage to cool.
  • 3
    In a small bowl, lightly beat egg. Add ricotta, spinach, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, mozzarella, salt, pepper and the cooled sausage mixture, and stir until blended.
  • 4
    Spread 1 cup of tomato sauce over the bottom of a 3-quart baking dish. Fill pasta shells with sausage-cheese mixture and arrange in a single layer. Spread remaining tomato sauce over stuffed shells. Cover dish with foil and bake until hot and bubbling, about 30 minutes.
  • 5
    Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes longer.
 

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
790
Calories from Fat
340
% Daily Value
Total Fat
38g
58%
Saturated Fat
16g
80%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
115mg
38%
Sodium
1880mg
78%
Potassium
950mg
27%
Total Carbohydrate
73g
24%
Dietary Fiber
6g
26%
Sugars
16g
Protein
39g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
100%
100%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
60%
60%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 3 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • We hate to brag, but as far as pasta recipes go, this sausage- and cheese-stuffed pasta shells recipe is the perfect make-ahead, crowd-pleasing dinner. Not only can the pasta shells be made ahead of time (boil the shells until al dente, toss with olive oil to avoid sticking, and refrigerate!), but the shells can be stuffed with the cheese, Italian sausage and spinach, and then refrigerated for up to 12 hours before serving. And if you’re meal prepping, you can make this dish in its entirety and freeze it directly in the casserole dish for up to two months. Just make sure to cover it to prevent freezer burn. Like we said, it’s the perfect meal.

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