Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells

I love traditional stuffed shells, full of rich cheese and sometimes spinach, too.  A batch makes us a few meals and makes excellent leftovers.

This filling is totally different.  It has mild Italian sausage with diced tomatoes, spinach, and creamy ricotta cheese.  It’s a delightful twist on the traditional stuffed shells and is a bit more hearty, too.  Quite frankly, it’s a more “man friendly” stuffed shell.

See my recipe for traditional stuffed shells here.


-1 (8 Ounce) Package Jumbo Shells
-1 Pound Italian Sausage (casing removed)
-1 Tablespoon Garlic, minced
-1 (14-ounce) Can Diced Tomatoes
-1/2 Cup Frozen Spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
-3/4 Cup Ricotta Cheese
-1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Cook shells al dente according to package directions.  Drain and rinse under cool water.
Preheat oven to 350F.  In a large skillet on medium heat, cook the sausage.  Break it up with the spatula as you cook it.

Cook until browned and drain off any fat.

Add a can of diced tomatoes.  No need to drain it, just pour it all in. Give it a good stir and add spinach.

Add the ricotta cheese.

Remove from heat and stir in completely.

Set up a little station of cooked shells, filling, and a 13 x 9 baking pan.

Using a spoon, fill each shell with filling.

Fill all of the shells.  You may have a few extra, but sometimes the shells rip so it’s good to have more just in case!

Top with cheese and bake for 20 minutes.


10 thoughts on “Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells

  1. Aimee@clevermuffin

    14 May on 2012 at 12:18 am

    I don’t know where I’ve been – the first time I saw these was on Sweet Caroline Cooks blog and now here. We don’t seem to have them in Australia? Or i’ve been living in a hole. They look delicious!

    • thedrivencook

      14 May on 2012 at 8:12 am

      I actually had to go to three different grocery stores to find the jumbo shells! Usually I’ve been able to find them, but for some reason I couldn’t yesterday.

  2. Chung-Ah (@damn_delicious)

    14 May on 2012 at 2:01 am

    Stuffed shells are my favorite! I’m actually making enchilada ones this week but I’ll have to add to this to my “to-make” list as well!

    • thedrivencook

      14 May on 2012 at 8:13 am

      You’ll have to let me know how you like them!

  3. Just A Smidgen

    14 May on 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Any recipe described as “manly” is certain to get my attention.. it’s rewarding to watch them devour food and this recipe would be one that gets devoured!

  4. Caroline

    16 May on 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Mmmm love stuffed shells, these sound deeelicious!!

  5. Debbie/Mom

    28 May on 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I used to make these a long time ago. Thanks for the reminder!

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