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Sausage Stuffed Shells Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian


Jumbo stuffed shells filled with ground sweet Italian sausage, ricotta and parmesan cheese, fresh basil, garlic, and egg. Baked topped with a little marinara and plenty of mozzarella cheese until golden.


  • 2022 jumbo shells (1214 ounce box)
  • 24 ounces marinara
  • 1416 ounces ground sweet or hot Italian sausage (or ground beef)
  • 2 cups (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 23 garlic cloves, minced
  • 67 basil leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 Β°F.Β 
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta shells al dense, strain, and rinse with cool water.
  3. Meanwhile, in a cast-iron skillet, cook sausage until fully cooked through and browned, about 5-7 minutes. Use the tip of a spatula to break the sausage into the smallest chunks possible. Season with salt and pepper to taste and remove pan from the heat.
  4. Transfer the sausage to a medium bowl with ricotta, basil. garlic, parmesan cheese, and egg. Stir until fully incorporated and creamy.
  5. Place 1 cup of marinara in the bottom of the same skillet. Fill each shell to the top with ricotta filling using a spoon. Arrange in the skillet as tightly as possible. I was able to fit about 22 shells in a 12 inch cast iron skillet.
  6. Top each shell with a heaping teaspoon of marinara. Layer the entire dish with about 1 cup of shredded mozzarella (more is OK too).
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is fully melted and golden. You can finish with a quick broil to give the cheese a little sear if desired. Let cool 5 minutes, top with extra chopped basil and serve.


If making a larger quantity of shells, you can bake in a larger baking dish instead. You will need to scale the ricotta filling as it’s enough for roughly 20-22 shells.


  • Serving Size: About 3 shells
  • Calories: 430
  • Sugar: 1.9g
  • Sodium: 864mg
  • Fat: 21.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Protein: 24.6g
  • Cholesterol: 73mg

Keywords: stuffed shells with meat, beef stuffed shells, ricotta stuffed shells


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