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Eat ’em Up Pasta Shells

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.


7 servings

Kids will have no trouble gobbling up these silly monster pasta shells.
Eat 'em Up Pasta Shells Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 21 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained
  • Sliced olives


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook the sausage, mushrooms, red pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in 1 cup spaghetti sauce. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water. Spread remaining spaghetti sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the cheeses, egg, basil and garlic powder. Spoon heaping tablespoonfuls into shells. Arrange shells in dish. Spoon sausage mixture into shells.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly. Cut roasted peppers to resemble tongues. Add a tongue to each shell and olives for eyes.

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