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


  • 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


  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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9 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!

  6. Heather

    This looks yummy! Question….is the time to bake these for frozen shells or defrosted?

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