Yield: 40 shells

Sausage Stuffed Shells

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

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


  • 1 box (16 ounce) large pasta shells
  • 1 package (10 ounce) frozen spinach, thawed
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds Italian sausage (no casings)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 Tablespoons worchestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoons oregano
  • ½-1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 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, then more sauce, if desired. 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.


  • You don't have to bake all the shells at once! I love to double the recipe and keep a bag full of stuffed shells in the freezer. Then, we can just bake as many as we will eat in one meal.
  • Make sure your baking dish is rimmed and is large enough to fit all the shells you plan to bake.
  • If you have extra spaghetti sauce leftover, feel free to pour it over the shells before adding the cheese. Yum.
  • See blog post for recipe tips and tricks.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 518Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1386mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 30g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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