Shells with Italian Sausage and Ricotta Stuffing
Bravo. Thanks for the wonderful and easy to follow recipe!! Just wonderful with the Johnsonville sausage! My husband and kids loved it. I did add some baby spinach leaves and more garlic. Bravo! Patti/Boston, Ma — Patti Yee-Cimeno
- 1 box (12.5 ounce) jumbo shells, cooked al dente
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 package JOHNSONVILLE® Mild or Sweet Italian Ground Sausage, or links
- 2 jars (25 ounces) marinara sauce, or 5 to 6 cups of your favorite sauce
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tub (15 ounce) ricotta cheese, whole or part skim
- 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water.
- In a 10 inch skillet, cook sausage on medium heat, crumbling it into small pieces as it cooks. Allow it to cook through, then set aside to cool.
- Preheat oven to 350˚F.
- Using a pastry brush, coat the sides and bottom of a 15 x 10 x 2 inch baking dish with olive oil. Pour half the sauce on the bottom of the baking dish, set aside.
- In a large bowl beat the egg, mix in the ricotta, 2 1/2 cups of mozzarella, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, basil, ground pepper and the cooked sausage.
- Fill each cooked shell with the sausage mixture and nestle them in sauce. Once all the shells are filled, top them with the remaining sauce, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella, and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.
- Bake covered until bubbly, about 45 minutes.
- Uncover and continue cooking about 5 more minutes.
- Let stand 5 minutes, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.