Stuffed Pasta Shells

Stuffed Pasta Shells

Italian inspired stuffed pasta recipe with flavorful meat filling in pasta shells.

25 min. prep time
6 servings
444 Ratings



12 to 16 uncooked dried jumbo pasta shells


1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
1/2 pound ground mild Italian sausage
1/2 pound ground turkey
10 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli Provolone Cheese, cut into thin strips
1/8 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 1/2 cups pasta sauce with mushrooms


Cook shells according to package directions. Drain; set aside.

Melt butter in 10-inch skillet until sizzling; add onion and garlic. Cook over medium heat 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add turkey and sausage. Continue cooking 8-12 minutes or until meat is browned; drain. Add 1 cup cheese, basil and oregano.

Spread 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce on bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch microwavable baking dish. Stuff cooked shells with meat mixture; place, meat-side down, in prepared pan. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over shells; sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Cover with waxed paper; microwave on Medium-High (70% power) 5 minutes. Turn dish. Microwave on Medium-High 5-6 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Let stand 2-3 minutes before serving.

Recipe Tip

- Oven Directions: Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare as directed above. Reserve remaining 1 cup cheese. Cover pasta with aluminum foil. Bake 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Remove aluminum foil; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Continue baking, uncovered, 4-6 minutes or until cheese is melted. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F, if using 13x9-inch glass baking dish. Baking time may need to be increased.

- Make Ahead Directions: To freeze in individual servings and microwave later, prepare shells and sauce as directed above. Spoon into 6 small freezer and microwave-safe containers. Cover tightly; freeze up to 3 months. To thaw, place in refrigerator 8 hours or overnight. Keep refrigerated until ready to microwave. To cook, loosely cover microwave container. Microwave on Medium-High (70% power), 4 minutes.

- Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 420

Fat: 23g

Cholesterol: 65mg

Sodium: 970mg

Carbohydrates: 24g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Protein: 29g

Recipe #4948©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

the recipe calls for 10 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli Provolone Cheese, cut into thin strips. My question is: this makes over 1 cup of cheese? The recipe says to mix in 1 cup of cheese with the meat mixture and afterward just before cooking the dish to sprinkle remaining cheese on top. I don't see how 10 slices of cheese can do all that. Someone comment and let me know if you made this dish 10 slices of cheese is enough. Thanks
Using our home made spaghetti sauce, this came out great!
All my kids loved it! I substituted pizza sauce with the pasta sauce. It was delicious.
This recipe was very good and super easy to make! It's a great recipe to make when you want something different besides spaghetti. I also added shredded parmesan into the mixture with the meat, it turned out great!
Very popular with family and friends. With the help of a good quality pasta sauce, it's a snap to put together.
this is an excellent pasta dish and i myself should say that it is by far one of the best pasta dishes i have created

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