Sausage & Cheese Stuffed Shells With Tomato Mushroom Sauce

Recipe by Dee514
READY IN: 1hr 40mins




  • Tomato Mushroom Sauce:
  • In a frying pan or Dutch oven, cook bacon strips until crisp.
  • Remove cooked bacon, and drain on paper towels.
  • Reserve 3 Tablespoons bacon fat and discard the rest.
  • Using the same frying pan (or Dutch oven), place 3 Tablespoons bacon drippings, mushrooms and garlic into the pan.
  • Cook mixture over low heat until mushrooms are softened (be careful not to burn the garlic).
  • Add tomatoes, basil and pepper.
  • Cook uncovered over medium-high heat for about 15 minutes or until sauce boils and thickens.
  • Crumble the bacon and stir it into the sauce, season with a bit of salt (to taste).
  • While waiting for the pasta water to boil, start the sausage filling.
  • When water is at a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook it according to package directions, until it is almost done.
  • When pasta is cooked, drain it, rinse it with cold water, and drain it again.
  • Stuff the shells with the sausage ricotta mixture.
  • Pasta Stuffing: If necessary, remove casings from sausage, and crumble the meat.
  • In a frying pan, cook crumbled sausage over medium to medium-high heat until its browned.
  • Drain cooked sausage.
  • In a bowl, beat egg into ricotta, stir in cooked sausage, 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, salt and parsley.
  • Stuff the cooked shells with the sausage cheese filling.
  • Bake:
  • Place about half the sauce into a shallow 1 1/2-quart casserole dish or a 9-inch square baking dish.
  • Arrange stuffed pasta in sauce lined pan.
  • Spoon remaining sauce on top of the stuffed pasta.
  • (At this point, the pasta may be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated until the next day*, or baked immediately).
  • Cover pan with tin foil, and bake in a preheated 350°F for 30-45 minutes, or until bubbly and heated through.
  • Remove from oven, remove foil and sprinkle remaining 4 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese on top of the baked shells.
  • *NOTE:If stuffed pasta was refrigerated overnight, remove plastic wrap from the pan and cover the pan with tin foil, bake as stated above, but baking time may be 5-15 minutes longer.