Recipe by The Kitchen at Johnsonville Sausage
"Shells and cheese can be a great snack, but Johnsonville can transform it into a meal! This recipe combines all of your favorite Italian cheeses with the savory deliciousness of Johnsonville Italian Sausages. The result? An authentic Italian dish that will leave your stomach full and happy."
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1 (16 ounce) package
Johnsonville® Mild or Sweet Ground Sausage
1 (12.5 ounce) package
jumbo pasta shells
2 (24 ounce) jars
1 (15 ounce) carton
shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
grated Parmesan cheese, divided
grated Romano cheese
fresh basil leaves, chopped
chopped fresh parsley
I have made stuffed shells many times before, but, never with the addition of sausage. My husband and I both thought they were very good and loved the addition of the fresh basil. The Italian sausage definitely made more of a hearty dish than just standard cheese. The flavor with the sausage was fantastic! They were a little salty for our taste, but, very tasty!
I made the stuffed shells as directed with no changes to the ingredients. Froze them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet then moved them to a ziplock bag to store in the freezer. Well last night was the busy weeknight that I needed dinner, and FAST. So baked the frozen shells in sauce and they were ready in 30 mins or so. They were very tasty! Family loved it.
Classic recipe! I thought about messing with the spices in the filling and decided against it. I cooked the shells until they were just pliable, chilled in cold water to stop the cooking process and drained. Made the filling as directed, stuffed the shells and put in the refrigerator for about 24 hours. Before baking, I took the shells out to take the chill off and then baked as directed. Perfect consistency, the shells were not soggy and the filling set up nicely. I will say that the whole recipe would serve more than 6. I cut it in half and filled 16 shells which served 4 with a couple left over. I would think a whole recipe would easily serve 8 maybe 10.
Yummy comfort food at it’s finest. I reduce the boiling time for the shells by about two minutes, and not having any fresh basil available, I used half the amount requested of dried basil and it came out fine. We loved it.
This is an easy, delicious recipe that even a beginner cook can ace. I followed the directions to a "T" and used Johnsonville mild ground sausage. I cut about a minute off of the suggested cooking time for my noodles so they wouldn't overcook and then rinsed them in cold water to stop them from cooking further. I served this for company tonight and it was more than enough to feed six people.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Shells with Italian Sausage and Ricotta Stuffing
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 557
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