Stuffed Shells in Simple Sauce

It doesn’t make sense that this would taste as good as it does because it’s so simple to make.

These stuffed shells are in a sauce that takes less time to make then grabbing a jar of pre-made sauce off the grocery store shelf and putting it in your shopping cart.

No need to dirty another pan when making sauce for these little yummies.

It’s made in the same casserole dish as the shells are baked in.

Fewer dishes to wash is always a good thing.

The ingredients are literally right out of the pantry too. 

The shells are filled with pieces of Italian sausage and 3 types of cheese; ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan. 

Or you can always go meatless if you prefer.

Just simple comfort food that goes great with a side salad and a big piece of garlic bread

Let’s check out the ingredients:

Ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, fresh shredded parmesan cheese (or grated parmesan cheese), cooked pieces of Italian sausage, fresh parsley, green onions, jumbo shells, tomato sauce, pepper, dried oregano, and garlic powder.

 

Here’s how to make it:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For the Sauce:

In a 2 quart, 7 inch by 11 inch oblong baking dish (about 1 1/2 inches deep), add the tomato sauce.

Fill the empty can of tomato sauce about half full with water (about 3/4 cup), and pour the water in with the tomato sauce (a great way to use up the tomato sauce that sticks to the inside of the can).

If you would like extra sauce, double the amount of ingredients listed for the sauce. 

You’ll also need to use a larger baking dish.  It’s best if  you can use a shallow baking or casserole dish (about 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep) so the shells aren’t completely covered by the extra sauce.

Next add the garlic powder…

….pepper….

….and oregano.

Stir the ingredients together,

and set aside.

For the Shells:

Bring water to a boil in a medium size pan.

Add the shells,

and cook until al dente (about 8 minutes).

Drain the shells and set aside.

For the Filling:

In a medium size bowl, add the pieces of cooked Italian sausage,

and ricotta cheese.

Then chop the onions…

…and add them to the bowl.

Next,

add 1/3 cup of shredded parmesan cheese,

and 1/3 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.

Chop the parsley,

and add it to the bowl.

Then stir all of the ingredients together.

Then fill the shells with the cheese and sausage filling.

Next, give the sauce one more stir.

Add the shells filling side up in the baking dish with the sauce.

For the Topping:

Top the shells with the shredded mozzarella,

and the shredded parmesan cheese.

Bake uncovered in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese topping is completely melted and the edges of the cheese are starting to turn slightly brown; which is about the same amount of time that the cheese and sausage filling is hot all the way through.

Serve hot right out of the oven with a side salad and some delicious garlic bread.

Enjoy!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Stuffed Shells in Simple Sauce

Yield: Serves 3

Ingredients:

For the Sauce:
1 can Tomato Sauce (15 ounce can)
3/4 cup Water
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 teaspoon Dried Oregano

For the Shells and Filling:
12 whole Jumbo Pasta Shells
1 cup pieces of cooked Italian Sausage (about one large size Italian sausage)
½ cup Ricotta Cheese
1 heaping tablespoon chopped Fresh Parsley
2 whole Green Onions
1/3 cup fresh Shredded Parmesan Cheese (or Grated Parmesan Cheese)
1/3 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese

For the Topping:
¼ cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
2 tablespoons fresh Shredded Parmesan Cheese (or Grated Parmesan Cheese)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For the Sauce: In a 2 quart, 7 inch by 11 inch oblong baking dish (about 1 1/2 inches deep), add the tomato sauce. Fill the empty can of tomato sauce about half full with water (about 3/4 cup), and pour the water in with the tomato sauce (a great way to use up the tomato sauce that sticks to the inside of the can).

If you would like extra sauce, double the amount of ingredients listed just for the sauce. You'll also need to use a larger baking dish. It's best if you can use a shallow baking or casserole dish (about 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep) so the shells aren't completely covered by the extra sauce. Next add the garlic powder, pepper, and oregano. Stir the ingredients together and set aside.

For the Shells: Bring water to a boil in a medium size pan and add the shells. Cook until al dente (about 8 minutes). Drain the shells and set aside.

For the Filling: In a medium size bowl, add the pieces of cooked Italian sausage and ricotta cheese. Then chop the onions and add them to the bowl. Next, add 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, and the chopped parsley. Stir all of the ingredients together. Then fill the shells with the cheese and sausage filling.

Give the sauce one more stir, and add the shells filling side up to the baking dish in the sauce. For the Topping: Top the shells with the remaining shredded mozzarella, and shredded parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese topping is completely melted and the edges of the cheese are starting to turn slightly brown; which is about the same amount of time that the cheese and sausage filling is hot all the way through.

Serve hot right out of the oven with a side salad and some delicious garlic bread.

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6 Responses to “Stuffed Shells in Simple Sauce”

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    Kari@Loaves and Dishes — August 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

    This looks sooo simple to make, and looks sooo flavorful. Yummo!

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    • CouponClippingCook — August 2nd, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

      Hi Kari, so glad you like it. Thank you and have a nice weekend!

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    kat — August 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    that looks super yummy! i love how you used shortcuts! :)

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    • CouponClippingCook — August 2nd, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

      Hi Kat, glad to hear that you like shortcuts too! Have a great day!

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    Nadine — December 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

    What if we substitute the water with red cooking wine?!?! I might make this for a new years dinner party!

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    • CouponClippingCook — December 11th, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

      Hi Nadine, I think that sounds delicious!

      Reply

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