Sausage Stuffed Shells

These Sausage Stuffed Shells are the perfect freezer meal idea! They are also a great dinner to bring to family and friends!

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This Sausage Stuffed Shells recipe is delicious, easy and makes a great freezer meal for a quick dinner for family and friends!

Hey everyone!! I’m still in Christmas vacation mode but thought I would pop in with a delicious dinner recipe for you! You may remember these Stuffed Taco Shells, today I’ve got a new version!

I’ve been making these Sausage Stuffed Shells for nearly 13 years. I know this because the first time I had them was when my Aunt Sandy brought me some after my third child was born. She dropped off a jar of pasta sauce with a bag of these stuffed shells for the freezer. Then when we were ready to make them, we only had to pour half the sauce in the bottom of a baking dish, add the frozen shells and add the remaining sauce on top. BAKE and enjoy.

This Sausage Stuffed Shells recipe is delicious, easy and makes a great freezer meal for a quick dinner for family and friends!

Bringing this dish for a family member or friend is such a great idea. Not only does this recipe make about 40 shells, but they are freezer friendly.

I will usually double this recipe and keep the shells in gallon sized ziploc bags. Then as I make dinner I only remove the number we need for dinner. I can usually count on my kids to eat two shells each, and the hubby and I can eat 3-4, haha!!

I want to take a quick minute too to wish you all a Happy New Year!! I hope 2016 brings you all health and happiness!

This Sausage Stuffed Shells recipe is delicious, easy and makes a great freezer meal for a quick dinner for family and friends!

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Sausage Stuffed Shells

Yield: 40-45 shells

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45-60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box (16 oz) large pasta shells
  • 1 package (10 oz) frozen spinach, thawed
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 lb Italian sausage (no casings)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp worchestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1/2-1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1-2 jars Prego Chunky Sauce

Directions:

  1. Cook large shells pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, separate and place on parchment paper on counter. Set aside.
  2. While pasta is cooking, brown Italian sausage in a large skillet. Once browned, drain grease and return meat to skillet. Add in spinach, butter and onion. Saute for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in salt, pepper, garlic salt, worcestershire, oregano, and hot sauce. Mix until well combined.
  4. Fold in parmesan cheese and 2 cup mozzarella cheese.
  5. Using a large spoon, stuff each shell with sausage mixture, until all shells are stuffed. Place shells in ziploc bag and freeze until ready to use. When ready to cook, follow step 6 below.
  6. When ready to bake, pour about 2 cup of Prego sauce in bottom of baking dish. Choose a dish size that will fit the number of shells you are going to be cooking. For my family, we each eat about 2-3 shells per meal. On top of sauce, add shells. Cover dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes in a 350F oven. Remove foil and add remaining 2 cup cheese. Bake an additional 5-15 minutes, until sauce on bottom is bubbly and mixture inside shells is fully heated, and cheese is melted.
  7. ENJOY.

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This Sausage Stuffed Shells recipe is delicious, easy and makes a great freezer meal for a quick dinner for family and friends!

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7 comments on “Sausage Stuffed Shells”

  1. What a great meal for the new year! I don’t think I’ve ever made stuffed shells before and that just feels wrong!

  2. Hello, comfort food!  Love that there’s a story behind them – it makes a comforting dish like this one even more comforting.  Hope you’re still enjoying lots of family time!

  3. What a great freezer meal! Enjoy your vacation!

  4. This is like the definition of comfort food! I can’t totally see how this is a signature dish. Looks so good!

  5. Splendid! That will certainly top my favorite pasta list. Aimee, you did hit the charts with this great recipe. Cheers!

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