This is a delicious baked pasta dish with large shells filled with meat, spinach and cheese that children always seem to love. It is kind of a 'spaghetti that behaves itself!'

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add shells and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse in cold water.

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  • Place sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain and crumble. In a large bowl, combine cooked sausage, spinach, ricotta cheese, egg, garlic, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper and oregano.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Stuff pasta shells with the sausage and cheese mixture and place in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Top with spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the pasta is heated through and the cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

461.2 calories; 21.9 g protein; 51.9 g carbohydrates; 69.1 mg cholesterol; 741.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2003
This was just GREAT! One change is that I used uncooked shells -- easier to stuff. Then covered with tomato sauce and baked according to directions. Came out perfect. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/24/2011
I guess I was expecting more cheese shells by the name these should be called spinach shells with a little cheese Read More
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227 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 134
  • 4 star values: 69
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2003
This was just GREAT! One change is that I used uncooked shells -- easier to stuff. Then covered with tomato sauce and baked according to directions. Came out perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2007
Great recipe - just a few small suggestions - one is to layer the bottom of your baking dish w/spaghetti sauce and layer the shells on top of that - and definitely add some shredded mozzarella to the filling. I also use fresh spinach vs. frozen. Top w/sauce and mozzarella. Delicious - plus they make wonderful leftovers and keep well frozen! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2003
This was a real crowd pleaser and it was very simple to prepare. The fat and calories could be reduced by using low fat cheeses and next time I make it I'll only use half the box of shells since there wasn't enough stuffing for the entire pound. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2010
This is a great simple recipe except for one problem I used a box of Barilla Jumbo Shells 12oz size and there was not nearly enough filling for them only filled 1/2 of them. So either double the filling amount or use only half the box I can't help but wonder how "Kimber" was able to fill a 1lb box of shells with this amount. The remaining half cooked shells I have I will fill with a salmon (canned) filling recipe I use often topped with Alfredo sauce. Thanks anyway Kimber. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
I followed the recipe exactly except I used more spaghetti sauce and this was fantastic. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2008
very tasty...i used fresh spinach just chopped it up and added it to the sausage after it was browned to wilt it Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2008
Very Yummy! The only thing I did differently was to omit the sausage. Also added a touch of parsley to the ricotta mixture. Will make again. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
Very delicious and different type of stuffed shell recipe. This is perfect for my hubby as he's not a big ricotta fan. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/16/2011
This was really good! It has lots of possibilities...next time I will try a different stuffing to switch it up I think brocolli Rabe with black olives and sausage would be delish or sundried tomatoes with spinach and pepperoni. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/24/2011
I guess I was expecting more cheese shells by the name these should be called spinach shells with a little cheese Read More
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