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Cheesy Stuffed Shells


"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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1 h servings 461 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Stuff pasta shells with the sausage and cheese mixture and place in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Top with spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the pasta is heated through and the cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 461 calories; 18.4 g fat; 51.9 g carbohydrates; 21.9 g protein; 69 mg cholesterol; 741 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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.

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I guess I was expecting more cheese shells by the name, these should be called spinach shells with a little cheese

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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.

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 t...

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 sin...

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 ...

I followed the recipe exactly except I used more spaghetti sauce and this was fantastic.

very tasty...i used fresh spinach, just chopped it up and added it to the sausage after it was browned to wilt it

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.

This was really good! It has lots of 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 t...

Very delicious and different type of stuffed shell recipe. This is perfect for my hubby as he's not a big ricotta fan.