• Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Serves: 8 Servings

Sausage, Spinach, and Cheese Stuffed Shells

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Category: Healthy Recipes, Cheese

 Ingredients List

  • 1 package(s) (12-ounce) jumbo pasta shells (about 36 shells)
  • 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup(s) finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 pound(s) bulk sweet Italian sausage
  • 2 clove(s) garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 container(s) (15-ounce) whole or part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 box(es) (9-ounce) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
  • 3/4 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounce(s) fresh mozzarella, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
  • 1 jar(s) (32-ounce) tomato sauce with basil


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add pasta shells and cook according to package instructions. Drain in a colander; rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Drain shells on paper towels.

Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat; add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add sausage, breaking up into smaller bits with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Remove pan from heat.

Beat egg lightly in a large bowl; stir in ricotta, spinach, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese, mozzarella, salt, pepper, and the cooled sausage mixture until blended. Fill pasta shells with mixture.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread 1 cup of the tomato sauce over the bottom of a 3-quart baking dish. Arrange stuffed shells in dish. Spread remaining tomato sauce over pasta shells. Cover dish with foil; bake for 30 minutes, until hot and bubbling. Remove foil; sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes longer.

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