I really do love pasta. I think I say that about everything food related… but pasta is the first love of my life. I remember the very first time I tried alfredo… It opened up the door to an entirely new world, and I wanted to try it ALL! Lasagna Stuffed shells have been kind of towards the bottom of the list. I always see them in restaurants or on the shelf of the store… Calling out for me to give in and make them… but I was a little intimidated. I have NO idea why. It just seemed like so much work! I finally gave in and decided to face my fear.
And boy am I glad that I did. This pasta bake is a hit it out of the park home run. Super simple, freezer friendly, and a family favorite! Packed with a world of flavor and super simple to pack with veggies if you decide to sneak some in!
- 20 jumbo shells
- 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 2 cups of your favorite tomato sauce
- 1 lb. sausage
- Boil a large pot of water and add your pasta. Cook according to the package directions. Drain the noodles and set aside.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spread 1/2 cup of your tomato sauce in the bottom of a 9x9 dish.
- Add the uncooked sausage to a hot pan. Cook until browned. Stir in 1 cup of your tomato sauce and set aside.
- In a small bowl stir together the ricotta, 1/2 a cup of mozzarella, Parmesan, egg, and spinach. Spread one tablespoon of the cheese mixture into each shell. Top with a heaping amount of the sausage. Place in your dish and continue with the remaining shells. Smoother in the remaining 1/2 cup of sauce and sprinkle with left over mozzarella.
- Bake, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and cook an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Recipe adapted from Living like the Kings
I have no idea what all of the fuss was about. This recipe is so simple and produced a mouth watering entre! I suggest you print off this recipe and head to the store ASAP, because whoever you are cooking for will love you forever if you cook this tonight! I used a spicy Italian sausage in the filling but I think you really could get away with almost any flavor. Maybe even a ground beef!
Baked pasta is one of my new go-to’s thanks to this dish! I like to serve it with a light salad (think Olive Garden style) and a little bread! Try slicing a store bought french loaf, slicing it thick, brush on a little butter, and sprinkle with some chopped green onions. Wrap that sucker in tin foil and toss in the oven for 15 minutes or until it’s nice and toasty.
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