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Spinach and Sausage Stuffed Shells Recipe

Makes: Makes about 12 servings.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

In large saucepan, bring 2 quarts water and 2 teaspoons salt to a boil. Cook pasta shells about 9 minutes; shells will be slightly undercooked. Drain and cool.

Step 2

In large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until browned, about 5-6 minutes. Remove sausage from pan with slotted spoon to paper towel-lined bowl. Add garlic to skillet and cook 1 minute or until fragrant. Add spinach. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until spinach wilts; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Remove from heat; cool completely.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare 3 quart oval pan with vegetable pan spray.

Step 4

In large bowl, combine ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, 1/2 cup parmesan, egg and cooked spinach mixture. Mix until well combined. Stuff cooled shells with mixture. To assemble, spread 1 cup marinara sauce on bottom of pan. Top with half the sausage. Place shells in pan and cover with remaining marinara sauce and sausage. Top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Cover pan with aluminum foil.

Step 5

Bake covered 35-40 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted. Remove foil and turn broiler to high. Place on highest rack and broil 2-3 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Remove to cooling grid. Serve warm.

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jumbo pasta shells

1/2 box (12 ounces) jumbo pasta shells

olive oil

1 tablespoon olive oil

ground Italian sausage

1 pound ground Italian sausage

minced garlic

2 teaspoons minced garlic

fresh baby spinach

5 cups fresh baby spinach

salt, divided

2 - 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided

ground pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

whole milk ricotta cheese

2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese

shredded mozarella cheese, divided

1 -1/2 cups shredded mozarella cheese, divided

grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

egg, lightly beaten

1 egg, lightly beaten

favorite marinara sauce

2 -1/2 cups favorite marinara sauce

Non-stick vegetable pan spray

Non-stick vegetable pan spray




Large sauce pan

Large sauce pan

Mesh strainer or colander

Mesh strainer or colander

large skillet

large skillet

slotted spoon

slotted spoon

Mixing spoon

Mixing spoon

large bowl

large bowl

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