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Sausage Stuffed Shells

Updated on February 19, 2013
Sausage Stuffed Shells
Sausage Stuffed Shells | Source

Everyone Loves Pasta

This meal is perfect for impressing a crowd or a weekday dinner.

It looks great on the table and tastes even better! Serve this alone or with a ceaser salad and some garlic bread. Either way you will get rave reviews.

Gluten Free Option

This recipe is easily converted into a delicious gluten free dish by simply substituting the noodles and using a homemade sauce.

There are also wonderful gluten free salad dressing and garlic bread options.

Diet restrictions are no reason to miss out on your favorite meals.

Sausage Stuffed Shells Ingredients
Sausage Stuffed Shells Ingredients | Source


  • 8x8 glass baking pan
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 package of large pasta shells
  • 1 pound ground turkey sausage
  • 1 cup shredded mixed cheese or shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 ½ cup red pasta sauce

Cooked pasta shells with cheese, sauce and sausage
Cooked pasta shells with cheese, sauce and sausage | Source
Stuffed Shells
Stuffed Shells | Source
Stuffed Shells with Sauce
Stuffed Shells with Sauce | Source


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Lightly grease an 8x8 baking pan with canola oil
  3. Spread approximately one tablespoon of sauce into the bottom of the pan
  4. Cook ground turkey sausage in medium sauce pan until brown and crumbly. Break it up with a spatula often
  5. Add half of the shredded cheese to the pan with the ground sausage and mix thoroughly
  6. Cook pasta shells according to package directions or place them in boiling water for 8 min. *
  7. When the pasta shells are done, drain and rinse with cool water immediately
  8. Spread the pasta shells out on a piece of aluminum foil or waxed paper
  9. Stuff turkey sausage mixture into the shells and place in the 8x8 pan
  10. After the bottom of the pan is covered with shells, use a large spoon to drizzle the pasta sauce over the stuffed shells.
  11. Then sprinkle the shredded cheese over the shells
  12. Continue stuffing the remaining shells with the sausage mixture and place another layer in the pan
  13. When all the shells are in the pan, drizzle more pasta sauce on each shell and sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese
  14. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 35 min or until heated through and the cheese is melted completely.
  15. Remove the foil and allow the pan to cool for 5 minutes before serving

Stuffed shells are very filling so one pan should be 5-6 servings

*Add a little olive oil and salt to the water prior to boiling. This will keep the shells from sticking to each other and makes them easier to stuff 

Nutritional Information:

  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 448.3
  • Total Fat: 13.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 75.3 mg
  • Sodium: 490.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 48.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g
  • Protein: 31.7 g

Do You Love Pasta, Sausage and Cheese?

5 stars from 3 ratings of Sausage Stuffed Shells

Quick and Easy Red Pasta Sauce

People do amazing things with pasta sauces.

Some recipes have numerous vegetables, freshly grown spices and many recipes have a secret ingredient or two that make it just right!

There is no substitute for those amazing sauces but sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to create the masterpiece. For the days when time is an issue there is another option so you don’t have to skip your favorite recipes that include pasta sauce.

This is a delicious and simple pasta sauce that is really quick to put together and it is gluten free!

Sausage Stuffed Shells before baking
Sausage Stuffed Shells before baking | Source


  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomatoes sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Dash black pepper


  1. In a medium pot combined the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce and all the spices.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat
  3. Cover the pot and reduce the heat
  4. Allow the sauce to simmer for 15-20 minutes

Nutritional Information:

  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 44.2
  • Total Fat: 0.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 335.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 10.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.4 g
  • Protein: 2.1 g


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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Thank you! I would love to know what you think :)

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Divine Recipe. I love it. Thanks. (Elena Akin - from Hub Hoppers Facebook)

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      This looks really delicious and is so simple to make. Great recipe, voted up and shared.

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      I really hope you enjoy it as much as we do! If it helps, this is the turkey sausage recipe we use. :)

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      David 5 years ago from Northern California

      This recipe looks delicious. I love the fact that you used the ground turkey since we rarely eat ground beef in our house. I'm not too familiar with turkey sausage but I think I will have to find it at the supermarket.

      Voted up and useful

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Thank you! Please let me know what you think :)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Oh, this looks good! I love all things made from pasta - and I've never tried stuffing shells, but you made it look very doable! Thanks for sharing this - voted up and up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      The first photo had me drooling even before I read the recipe ingredients. Thanks for giving the gluten free option on this as well. I see that is pretty low in calories also and that is amazing for a pasta dish. Thanks for sharing.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Looks so good!

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      We love pasta AND sausage. Your recipe's a keeper. :)

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Adding this to my list to try! Looks good and EASY!

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      Claire 5 years ago from Surrey, Uk

      I am going to make this for my two older children, think they will like it lots. Thanks for sharing

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      I hope you try it and Love it! :)

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      alliemacb 5 years ago from Scotland

      I love pasta and I love sausage so this one is definitely for me. Thanks for sharing.