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stuffed shells with sausage

Stuffed Shells with Sausage

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Ultra saucy stuffed shells with Italian chicken sausage, marinara, ricotta, and cheese. This is a family-favorite recipe that everyone loves!


Ingredients

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  • 8 oz. dry jumbo shells, about 28 shells
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. chicken sweet Italian sausage, or turkey, removed from casing
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. red chili flakes
  • 1 (32 oz.) jar marinara sauce
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook shells in salted water according to package directions until pliable but just shy of al dente, about 8-10 minutes, stirring often so they don’t stick to the pot. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside over a colander to drain further.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or a sauté pan over medium heat. Cook sausage until browned and crumbled, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Stir in onions, Italian seasoning, and red chili flakes. Cook until the onions are soft, about 3-4 minutes.

  4. Add marinara sauce. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes, uncovered, until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  6. Spread 1 cup of meat sauce over the bottom of the 9 X 13 baking pan. Fill each shell with a heaping spoonful (about 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons) of the meat sauce and place it snuggly in the pan. Spoon any remaining meat sauce around the shells.
  7. Top with dollops of ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with parsley before serving.

Notes

  • Shells: Cook 2-3 extra shells just in case some rip and break apart.
  • Leftovers: Leftover shells will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze for several months.

Keywords: easy stuffed shells, shells with meat sauce, kid friendly