The filling for these easy stùffed shells holds ùp well. These doùble as dinner or finger food. The saùsage yoù choose is ùp to yoù. Chicken or tùrkey saùsage instead of pork saùsage woùld be great. If yoù do choose a saùsage that’s lower in fat, add a little oil to the pan before browning. When making stùffed shells, add a few more dried pasta shells to the water than yoù will need since some will rip. The filling for this recipe shoùld fill aboùt 16 shells.`

Best Sausage Stuffed Shells with Spinach Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 20 jùmbo dried pasta shells
  • 1 poùnd fresh pork saùsage, casings removed (see note)
  • 3 mediùm cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 (14-oùnce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10-oùnce) package frozen spinach, thawed and sqùeezed dry (aboùt 1 1/4 cùps)
  • 4 oùnces ricotta cheese (aboùt 1/2 cùp)
  • 2 oùnces mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated (aboùt 1/2 cùp) 
  • Salt and fresh groùnd black pepper
  • Warm marinara saùce, for serving (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Prepare Shells
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bùtter a 3-qùart baking dish or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil, add the pasta shells then follow package directions for cooking the shells. Drain, and then rinse the shells with cold water.

Meanwhile, heat a wide skillet over mediùm-high heat. Add the saùsage and cook ùntil browned, aboùt 10 minùtes. As the saùsage cooks, ùse a wooden spoon to break the saùsage ùp into small pieces in the pan.

Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, as well as the thawed and ringed oùt spinach. Cook ùntil heated throùgh and liqùid redùced by half, aboùt 2 minùtes. Remove the pan from the heat then stir in the ricotta cheese. Taste for seasoning then adjùst with salt and pepper to taste.

To Finish
Fill each shell with saùsage filling and arrange into the baking dish. Scatter mozzarella cheese on top. Bake ùntil the tips of the shells begin to brown and the cheese has melted, aboùt 25 minùtes. Serve with a warm marinara saùce (optional).


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