Spinach & Sausage Stuffed Pasta Shells

"Here is a good way to make a little meat go a long way. These are good enough to serve company! I found this recipe in a great little booklet called, Dinner on the Double, by Better Homes and Gardens."
photo by Angela R. photo by Angela R.
photo by Angela R.
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  • Cook pasta shells according to package directions.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water and drain again.
  • Combine remaining ingredients, except spaghetti sauce, in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Fill each pasta shell with 3 tablespoons of filling.
  • Place in a baking dish and top with spaghetti sauce.
  • Bake at 350 degrees until heated through, about 30 minutes.
  • To freeze: Freeze before baking.
  • You may freeze individually wrapped shells without sauce, or freeze sauce-topped shells in baking dish.

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  1. This was a great recipe. I made a healthier version using 50 % less fat sausage and low fat cheeses. Next time I will make this with ground turkey sausage, to cut the fat even more. Very tasty and filling. Made the whole recipe and froze half of it for a no prep second meal. For 2 people it was 4 meals.
  2. I thought this was a decent recipe. I would use more spices to liven things up a bit and I omitted the cheddar cheese from the mix. It seemed a bit too velveta-ish with all those cheeses mixed together. I substituted some freshly grated Romano instead and the taste was great. Thanks
  3. I have been making this for years. Not with so many eggs though, only mozzerella and parmsean cheese. My husband, daughter, and father love these. I have to make some without spinach for my mom. I actually like them better that way too!
  4. AMAZING! Cooked italian sausage and frozen spinach leaves for this. Use food processor to minced sausage, spinach, onion, and garlic. Mixed with cheese in a bowl and then spooned into pasta shells. It was delicious and will go in my meal rotation. Love the ricotta cheese! Thanks for posting!
  5. So good!! I even ate the leftovers!


  1. Used half the spinach that was called for.
  2. Excellent recipe. My kids loved this and didn't even know they were eating spinach. I did need to add additional seasoning (garlic salt and italian seasoning). I also substituted a mix of Italian Cheeses for the Cheddar cheese.
  3. This is pretty phenomenal also when you skip the cheddar, double the mozzarella and use alfredo sauce in place of the spaghetti sauce. It's well worth a try! Thanks for sharing!
  4. It was really quite good! I used Sweet Italian sausage instead of the bulk pork sausage, but next time I think I'll try fresh spinach and chop it up really fine. The frozen spinach came out all stringy. But otherwise it was good!



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