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Sausage-Stuffed Shells

“I wanted to make manicotti one day but was out of the noodles,” says Lori Daniels of Beverly, West Virginia. “So I came up with this recipe, using jumbo shells instead. They were much easier to work with.”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/3 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup 4% cottage cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 6 jumbo pasta shells, cooked and drained
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  • In a small saucepan, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Set half of the sausage aside for filling. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, brown sugar and Italian seasoning to sausage in pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cottage cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, egg, parsley and reserved sausage. Stuff into shells. Spread 1/4 cup meat sauce in an ungreased 1-qt. shallow baking dish. Place stuffed shells in dish; drizzle with remaining meat sauce.
  • Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese if desired. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until filling reaches 160°.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 437 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 1371mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 4g fiber), 36g protein.

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  • danielleylee
    Jul 13, 2015

    I made this yesterday for dinner. I used light Alfredo sauce instead of making a tomato base sauce (so I omitted the brown sugar, tomato sauce, tomato paste water, but I did use the Italian seasoning). I also used fat free ricotta instead of cottage cheese. It turned out good, I will have to try the recipe as is sometime as well. I like that it is for just two.The recipe did make 7 jumbo shells for me.

  • shellyvaldez3
    Dec 1, 2011

    We make this alot except I switch the sauses around the meat one ext on the inside and add extra cheese great dish

  • sweets4nana
    Oct 23, 2011

    Husband and I loved these stuffed shells. Did add some peppers, onions and garlic to the sauce because we like them in sauce for added flavor. Have already made twice once with sausage and once with hamburg.

  • tammylcollins
    Sep 1, 2006

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