Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe

Sharing our favorite stuffed shells today! My Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe is perfect for so many occasions – weekend entertaining, Sunday Dinner and it’s even simple enough for weeknight dinners!

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Easy Stuffed Shells

I’m all about easy and delicious dinner recipes, so I am excited to share our very favorite stuffed shells with sausage today! The whole family loves this tasty dinner recipe that will quickly become a favorite in your home.

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How To Make Stuffed Shells

  1. Brown sausage in large skillet over medium heat until browned and crumbled. Add sausage to the remaining pasta sauce stirring to combine.
  2. Cook shells according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside while you prepare the ricotta. 
  3. Place Ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, salt, pepper and garlic salt into a large bowl, stirring to combine. Scoop about 2 tablespoons in each cooked shell and place side by side into the baking dish. You can place seam side down or up. I place mine down. Top with a few tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese then spoon meat sauce over each shell. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and bake for 30-35 minutes, until hot and melted. 

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Ingredients Needed For Stuffed Shells

  • pasta sauce 
  • ground sausage
  • dry Shells
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • mozzarella cheese
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper 
  • Garlic Salt
  • fresh basil

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Make sure to line your pasta shells nice and close to one another. Since this dish is just a single layer you want to be able to fit as much as possible in your pan.

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Do I Arrange My Shells Seam Side Up or Down?

Honestly, you can do either. I like to place my stuffed shells seam side down so that I top the top with more shredded mozzarella. It’s great either way. Arrange them how you’d like.

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Top shells with sprinkles of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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Spoon meat sauce evenly over each shell.

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You don’t want too much sauce, just a little over each shell is great.

 

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Top the shells with freshly grated mozzarella cheese and bake for about 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and hot.

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Before serving top with fresh basil that’s been sliced or chopped.

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So much cheese deliciousness!

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Serve your shells with garlic toast and a side salad. Dinner perfection!

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Easy Stuffed Shells Recipe

These easy stuffed shells are perfect for weekend entertaining, Sunday dinner and even simple enough for weeknight dinners. The whole family loves them!
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 707kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $15
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Equipment

  • Oven
  • Bowl
  • Baking Dish

Ingredients

  • 26 ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 2 boxes dry Shells large about 50

Ricotta Mixture

  • 45 ounces Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Lawry’s Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Pour 1/2 cup pasta sauce into bottom of two 9 x 13 inch baking dishes.
  • Brown sausage in large skillet over medium heat until browned and crumbled. Add sausage to the remaining pasta sauce stirring to combine.
  • Cook shells according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside while you prepare the ricotta. Be sure not to overcook shells as they will break. Once drained I like to place onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray to keep them from sticking to each other.
  • Place Ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, salt, pepper and garlic salt into a large bowl, stirring to combine. Scoop about 2 tablespoons into each cooked shell and place side by side into the baking dish. You can place seam side down or up. I place mine down. Top each baking dish with shells with a few tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese, then spoon meat sauce evenly over each shell. Top with fresh shredded mozzarella cheese and bake for 30-35 minutes, until hot and melted. Before serving top with sliced fresh basil.

Nutrition

Calories: 707kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 2032mg | Potassium: 683mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1640IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 1064mg | Iron: 3mg
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