Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells

If you love easy, delicious dinner ideas, these Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells are for you! All the great flavor of a pizza, in a make ahead (freezer friendly) pasta dish!

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If you love easy, delicious dinner ideas, these Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells are for you! All the great flavor of a pizza, in a make ahead (freezer friendly) pasta dish!

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A cool Spring day earlier this year I made a big batch of these Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells. I also made a batch of these stuffed Taco Shells and these Sausage Shells. There’s nothing better than having a crazy weeknight, and being able to grab a bag of these frozen stuffed pasta shells for a quick dinner fix.

This is great as a winter recipe, but on a hot summer night after being outside all day long, the last thing I want to do is fix up dinner. I don’t mind running the oven those nights, since I know my A/C is cranking just fine. And sometimes on those busy summer nights it’s great to have comfort food that isn’t a hot dog or a burger!

If you love easy, delicious dinner ideas, these Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells are for you! All the great flavor of a pizza, in a make ahead (freezer friendly) pasta dish!

You can pull these straight from the freezer and put them in a baking dish (that has a jar of pizza sauce poured in the the bottom). Top with a little mozzarella cheese and bake. Done. Just like that. ENJOY 🙂

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Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells

Yield: about 3 dozen shells

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: **see recipe

If you love easy, delicious dinner ideas, these Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells are for you! All the great flavor of a pizza, in a make ahead (freezer friendly) pasta dish!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box (12 oz) jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 lb italian sausage (removed from casings)
  • 3 oz pepperoni, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 can (2.25 oz) diced black olives, drained
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 jar pizza sauce (about 1 1/2 cups)

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 pepperoni, green pepper, and onion. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add oregano, basil, and crushed tomatoes. Over low heat, simmer until sauce is warm. Stir in 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  4. Using a large spoon, stuff each shell with pizza mixture, until all shells are stuffed.
  5. If baking immediately, pour about 1 1/2 cups of pizza sauce in bottom of a 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 30 minutes in a 350F oven. Remove foil, top with remaining cheese and bake an additional 5-15 minutes, until cheese is melted, sauce on bottom is bubbly and mixture inside shells is fully heated.
  6. To freeze: place uncooked stuffed shells onto a baking sheet. Place in freezer for about 30 minutes. Transfer to a freezer safe ziploc bag and store frozen. When ready to bake, follow step 5 above, but add an additional 15 minutes to the baking time...making it 45 minutes in a 350F oven (with an additionaly 5-15 to melt cheese on top). ENJOY.

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 If you love easy, delicious dinner ideas, these Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells are for you! All the great flavor of a pizza, in a make ahead (freezer friendly) pasta dish!

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8 comments on “Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells”

  1. I think this recipe would be perfect all year long, CUZ it tastes like pizza.  My boys would devour this!

  2. Pizza and pasta together as one!! Basically a dream come true 🙂

  3. Amy, this is going to be one of my family’s new favorites!!

  4. We do baked dinners all year long too. Thank goodness for air conditioning to battle the oven heat!  Love these fun stuffed shells. I know our kids would love them too since they have pizza toppings in them!

  5. Stuffed shells were one of my favorite meals growing up, but my mom never made a pizza version like these! Such a great twist on the classic and I love that they’re freezer friendly!

  6. stuffed shells look awesome. Love how they are so loaded up!

  7. Yum! One of my two favorite comfort foods combined!

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