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Stuffed Shells with Sausage and Cheese


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cooked stuffed shellsThese stuffed shells are so delicious, versatile, and easy to make too. Extra stuffed shells or left overs will save and freeze perfectly in the freezer.

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I like to make them in 2 different baking dishes, that way I can freeze half of them. Then when I want an easy dinner another time, this works great to just heat up out of the freezer. My red baking dish is freezer safe, so I'll freeze them right in that. Add a side salad and garlic bread, and you're set.

Prep Time: 20 min approx.

Cook Time: 40 min

Total Time: 1 hr 15 min approx.

Yield: Serves about 4

Ingredients:

ingredients
 

Steps:

  1. First boil water for your shells (pasta) about 10-12 minutes. Check to make sure they don't over cook, you want them "slightly" al dente. Then drain. Add about a tsp of oil to the drained shells which keeps them from sticking together, and flip them around gently in the pot to get them all "oiled". Then set the pasta aside for now.
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    cooked and drained oiled shells
     
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  3. Cook your sausage until done, make it a little crumbly/chopped up. Drain and let cool.
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    cooked sausage in pan
     
  5. Put the Ricotta cheese into a medium sized bowl.Now add 1 cup of your grated cheese (Pepper Jack which is what I used) or you can use plain grated Jack cheese, or use grated Mozzarella. Save the other cup of your grated cheese for the topping.
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    grated cheese added to ricotta
     
  7. Add your 2 eggs also to the cheeses.
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  9. Add your spices, garlic, salt, pepper, dried or fresh parsley, and oregano. Stir gently until thoroughly mixed.
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    mixed filling
     
  11. After your cheeses and spices are mixed, then add your cooked and drained sausage. Fold into mix.
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    mixed sausage and cheeses
     
  13. Next, take your diced tomatoes and lightly zap them in a food processor or (I used my NutriBullet) and chop them finer. You could use the diced tomatoes right out of the can too without chopping them anymore.
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  15. Then put the jar of spaghetti sauce and your diced tomatoes into a pan and heat for 10-15 min just to meld the flavors together. Add a dash of garlic and salt.
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  17. Now spray your baking dishes with Pam, or lightly grease with Crisco.
    Then take about 1/8th to 1/4 cup of your spaghetti sauce and spread in the bottoms of your baking pans or dishes. You can use (1) 13x9 baking dish, or as I've done, I divide it, and make 2 separate baking dishes so I can freeze the red one, as it's freezer "safe".
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    Sauce on bottom of baking dish
     
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  19. Now we get to stuff the shells! Use about 2 tablespoons of your cheese and sausage mixture for the filling of each "pasta shell". Lay them side-by-side in your 13x9, or in your 2 separate dishes.
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    Stuffed Shells with Sausage and Cheese in baking dishes
     
  21. Once you've got all your shells stuffed, pour the remaining spaghetti sauce all over the top of them. Then sprinkle the top with your remaining cup of your grated cheese.
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    cheese added to Stuffed Shells with Sausage and Cheese
     
  23. Now foil your baking dishes, and place in pre-heated 350 degree oven for approx. 30-40 min.

    Remove foil just before you take it out of the oven, and turn up the temp
    to 400 F for 5 min, or until the top cheese gets a little golden. That's it, eat and enjoy!
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    baked stuffed shells
     
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July 8, 20180 found this helpful

Impeccable timing, Suz! My friends and I went to dinner together and I was having a tough time deciding between stuffed shells and lasagna. I ended up going for the lasagna, which ended up being lackluster. My friends made a joke that they could hear the stuffed shells gloating at me from afar! This is actually something that I have NEVER made myself, and I cook a lot. So this is an extremely welcome recipe-- plus you are a trustworthy cook :) Can't wait to try this!

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July 8, 20180 found this helpful

Attosa,

Wow, that sure is impeccable timing, and incredible too.

And yes, I too am surprised you've not made these (yet). :) You're a fantastic cook, and your recipes show that, and they're so varied in flavors, and I always look forward to seeing them.
Whomever shares the fantastic meals you've cooked, I know they're lovin life! :)

These stuffed shells, they look like there's so many steps, but they are super easy, and they freeze so easily too, for the easy night dinner.

I sure do hope you're able to try them.

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July 10, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you, you're so sweet! I've put all these ingredients of yours on my list. I will be making them with my best friend. I'll let you know how we make out!

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July 10, 20180 found this helpful

I'm SO glad. I believe you'll truly enjoy them:)

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August 4, 20180 found this helpful

we did it! we did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH MY GOSH it was so good! thank you so much for sharing this. i honestly never would have made it without your post!

 
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August 4, 20180 found this helpful

OH OH OH OH OH we gave some to my bestie's mum and her eyes rolled back into her head. She said, "Heavenly!"

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August 5, 20180 found this helpful

WOW, you sure did do it! haha :)
MMMmmm they look out of this world scrumptious!

They look absolutely delicious and that's sure a beautiful picture of your shells too that you took. I can just taste them looking at that, haha

You did a perfect job. I really am so glad you made them, and now have them forever to make anytime you want. I just love we can share our cooking like this. And thank you Attosa, you've given me so many new delicious yummies, and I sure am glad about that too. :)

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August 5, 20180 found this helpful

Awww, that's SO wonderful, I'm so glad, that makes me very happy also.

It is really special that we all can share our dinner table like this:)

So so glad you enjoyed :) Thank you! :)

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August 6, 20180 found this helpful

The only thing I did wrong was leave all the leftovers at my friends house! ;) HOWEVER, you taught me a new skill in this stuffing pasta type thing. Once it was done, it stayed forever in my head, this technique, so I thank you!

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August 6, 20180 found this helpful

Attosa, you're soooo welcome! :)

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