Sausage-Stuffed Shells Recipe
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Sausage-Stuffed Shells Recipe

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“I wanted to make manicotti one day but was out of the noodles,” says Lori Daniels of Beverly, West Virginia. “So I came up with this recipe, using jumbo shells instead. They were much easier to work with.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup 4% cottage cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 6 jumbo pasta shells, cooked and drained
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

3 stuffed shells (prepared with turkey Italian sausage, fat-free cottage cheese and egg substitute; calculated without Parmesan cheese) equals 437 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 1,371 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 36 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Set half of the sausage aside for filling. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, brown sugar and Italian seasoning to sausage in pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cottage cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, egg, parsley and reserved sausage. Stuff into shells. Spread 1/4 cup meat sauce in an ungreased 1-qt. shallow baking dish. Place stuffed shells in dish; drizzle with remaining meat sauce.
  3. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese if desired. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until filling reaches 160°. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Sausage-Stuffed Shells in Cooking for 2 Spring 2006, p35

Nutritional Facts

3 stuffed shells (prepared with turkey Italian sausage, fat-free cottage cheese and egg substitute; calculated without Parmesan cheese) equals 437 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 1,371 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 36 g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

We make this alot except I switch the sauses around the meat one ext on the inside and add extra cheese great dish

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Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

Husband and I loved these stuffed shells. Did add some peppers, onions and garlic to the sauce because we like them in sauce for added flavor. Have already made twice once with sausage and once with hamburg.

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