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These Sausage Stuffed Shells have jumbo pasta shells stuffed with sausage and three types of cheeses, baked in a delicious homemade marinara sauce.
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Sausage Stuffed Shells

These Sausage Stuffed Shells have jumbo pasta shells stuffed with sausage and three types of cheeses, baked in a delicious homemade marinara sauce.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Sausage Stuffed Shells
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 701kcal

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage mild
  • 1 medium onion chopped (minus ½ cup that you will set aside)
  • 2 cloves fresh minced garlic
  • 14.5 ounce can Italian stewed tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Shells and Filling

  • 12 ounce box jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Heat sausage in a large sauce pan (5 quarts or larger), over medium-high heat on stove top. Saute until sausage is cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to remove meat, leaving fat in bottom of pan.
  • Add all of the chopped onion to pot and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Once softened, remove from pot and set aside (take ½ cup of the cooked onion and keep this separated to use for filling). Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  • Then, add Italian stewed tomatoes (do not drain), tomato sauce, tomato paste, red wine, oregano, garlic, thyme, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
  • Next add half of the cooked sausage and the remaining onion. Again, stir well, using spoon to break up large chunks of the tomatoes. Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Let sauce simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes.
  • Cook pasta shells according to package instructions.
  • In a medium sized bowl, beat egg, then stir in cottage cheese, mozzarella, ricotta, parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, nutmeg, salt, remaining half of sausage and remaining ½ cup cooked onion. Stir until well mixed.
  • Fill shells with filling (you will use almost all of the shells).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Pour sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 or larger baking dish. Evenly space out stuffed shells in sauce.
  • Bake uncovered for 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and beginning to brown. Garnish with additional fresh parsley for serving, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 701kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 1752mg | Potassium: 1201mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1395IU | Vitamin C: 20.2mg | Calcium: 289mg | Iron: 5.2mg