This Easy Sausage Stuffed Shells Recipe is a quick and delicious dinner meal for the whole family!
Sausage stuffed shells are a super easy Italian recipe that everyone will love. They’re cheesy, savory, garlicky, and loaded with creamy ricotta cheese and italian sausage. Pasta is a weekly staple in my household because it’s just so easy to make and fills everyone up. Did I mention leftovers… lots of yummy leftovers.
Let’s talk about garlic, garlic is a huge staple in Italian cooking and I love it mmh. Anyway, for this Easy Sausage Stuffed Shells recipe you’re gonna have to go a little crazy with adding garlic to this dish to really bring out those yummy flavors. I’ve found that adding garlic to the ricotta cheese mixture mellows the flavor. So if you think you’re adding too much then you’re not… trust me. It will be worth it!
DO I NEED TO ADD AN EGG?
I get this question a lot! I’m here to say…no, not necessarily. The egg is typically added to stuffed shells to give the ricotta mixture more body. So if you don’t have an egg don’t panic it will still come out perfectly fine.
SHOULD I USE GROUND BEEF OR SAUSAGE?
There is no set rule here, it’s really your preference! Sometimes I use beef, sometimes I use sausage. Just depends on my mood and what’s available. I will say that the flavor of Italian sausage in pasta dishes just works ya know?
HOW DO I FILL THE SHELLS?
There are multiple ways that you can do this. By spoon, or you can fill a ziplock bag and cut off the corner and squeeze the ricotta mixture in. I will say, if you’re feeding a bunch of people or just crazy hungry family members, it may be faster to fill the shells using the ziplock bag method. Just be sure to cut a large enough hole so that the sausage can slide through.
Easy Sausage Stuffed Shells
- 1½ lbs Italian sausage
- 2 Jars Pasta sauce
- 1½ Box Jumbo shells
- 2 Cups Ricotta cheese
- 1½ Cup Shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¼ Cup Grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 Large Egg
- 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
- ¼ Cup Yellow onion, chopped
- 6-7 Fresh Basil, chopped
- Garlic powder
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta shells al dente, strain, and rinse with cool water. Set aside.
- In a large skillet, brown sausage until cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Be sure to break the sausage into pieces. Add in onions and 2 cloves of garlic and cook until onions are translucent.
- Add in pasta sauce and simmer, adjust seasonings if needed.
- While the sauce is simmering prepare your ricotta mixture.
- In a medium bowl, add Ricotta, egg, basil, 2 cloves of garlic, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. Mix well until creamy and smooth.
- Layer the bottom of an oven safe dish with a portion of the meat sauce. Fill shells with ricotta mix and arrange in the dish as tightly as possible. Add more sauce on top and sprinkle mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for about 20 minutes until the cheese is fully melted. Enjoy!