Yield: 36 shells

Pizza Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

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
  • ½ 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 ½ cups)

Instructions

  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 ½ 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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