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Shells with Italian Sausage and Ricotta Stuffing Recipe
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Shells with Italian Sausage and Ricotta Stuffing Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) Johnsonville® Mild or Sweet Ground Sausage
  • 1 box (12.5 ounces) jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 jars (24 ounces, each) marinara sauce
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped or 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley


  1. In a skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, until pork is no longer pink; drain.
  2. In a Dutch oven, cook pasta shells according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Using a pastry brush, coat sides and bottom of a 3-quart baking dish with oil.
  4. Pour half of the marinara sauce into baking dish. In a large bowl, combine eggs, ricotta cheese, 2-1/2 cups of mozzarella, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, basil, pepper and prepared sausage. Stuff shells with meat mixture; arrange in baking dish. Pour remaining marinara sauce over shells.
  5. Cover and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Shells with Italian Sausage and Ricotta Stuffing in Johnsonville® Sausage 2015

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"A nice switch from the normal stuffed shells , I used Oregano and only a little bit of Basil , I just love the Oregano flavor , thanks for sharing"

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"Absolutely delicious!!! Used Jimmy Dean Italian sausage, very flavorful. Used gourmet Mario Batali marinara (from Costco). This made a ton. Will make again for sure!!!!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"Very ordinary.... Marinara sauce was way too sweet. Won't be making this again."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"Delish!! I need to be very cautious with foods and can not have preservatives, MSG, etc so I didn't use the name brand sausage but used some made at a near by butcher. Maybe even better the next day!! Lots of cheese. My husband said he thought it was "way better" than he could get in a restaurant and definite keep the recipe!!"

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2014

"To deckerroad: I believe recipes from Johnsonville Sausage and others are a way of advertising. TOH has to cover the cost to bring this website to us FREE somehow and we get yummy recipes as well."

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