Cheesy Stuffed Shells with Spicy Sausage Tomato Sauce

Cheesy Stuffed Shells with Spicy Sausage Tomato Sauce



  • 1 box jumbo pasta shells

  • 1 30-ounce carton of ricotta cheese

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese, plus additional for sprinkling

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1 pound spicy sausage

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce

  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • Italian seasoning


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook jumbo shells according to directions on package in boiling salted water; drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, combine ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan and milk in a large bowl; set aside. When shells are cool enough to handle, stuff a couple of spoonfuls of the cheese mixture into each shell.

3. To make the sauce, cook spicy sausage in olive oil in a high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. When sausage is nearly cooked through, add bell pepper, onion, and garlic and continue cooking until vegetables are softened. Add spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, and Italian seasoning; season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Spread about a cup of sauce in the bottom of a greased casserole dish. Add shells and cover with additional sauce. Cover and cook for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving, if desired.

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