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Sausage Stuffed Shells

Try these sausage stuffed shells. They are a really easy Italian appetizer or main entree the entire family will love. They’re cheesy, savory, garlicky, and loaded with so much creamy ricotta flavor.

Sausage Stuffed Shells

Recipe created for

Hestan Roaster

Main ingredient

Italian Sausage

Cook time

50 Minutes

Serving size



  • 6 cups marinara sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • 12 oz large pasta shells
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs bulk mild Italian sausage
  • 4 oz baby spinach (or kale)
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 12 oz shredded mozzarella
  • Grated parmesan cheese and fresh chopped basil for garnish

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Recipe Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Heat marinara sauce, bring to a simmer, reduce to low.
  3. Start a large pot of water to boil, add salt. Cook pasta shells about 9 mins. to package directions. Strain on a rack lined baking sheet.
  4. In a large sauté pan, heat over medium high and add extra virgin olive oil. When hot, add sausage, breaking apart with a wooden spoon and cooking until cooked through and no longer pink, about 8 mins.
  5. Add baby spinach and stir to combine until wilted.
  6. Turn heat off and immediately add mascarpone cheese, stir to melt, and combine completely into the sausage mixture.
  7. Add about 1 cup of the marinara to the Small Roaster, spread along the entire bottom surface of the pan.
  8. Begin stuffing the shells. Taking a pasta shell, add a large spoonful of the sausage mixture inside and place it seem side down onto the sauce in the roasting pan. Complete this process until all shells are stuffed and lined up.
  9. Pour remaining marinara over the shells and top with shredded mozzarella.
  10. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 375F for 20 min.
  11. Remove foil, increase oven to 400ºF and bake another 10 min.
  12. Top with grated parmesan cheese and fresh chopped basil.
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