Stuffed Pasta Shells
stuffed pasta shells

Stuffed Pasta Shells

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

The Story Behind the Recipe
25 min
35 min



12 to 16 uncooked dried jumbo pasta shells


1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter

1/3 cup chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

1/2 pound ground mild Italian sausage

1/2 pound ground turkey

1/8 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1/8 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

10 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Provolone Cheese cut into thin strips

1 1/2 cups pasta sauce with mushrooms

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

    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.

  3. STEP 3

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

  4. STEP 4

    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.

Tip #1

- 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.


23Fat (mg)
65Cholesterol (mg)
970Sodium (mg)
24Carbohydrates (g)
2Dietary Fiber
29Protein (g)


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  September 19, 2013

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

— says Robert S.
  June 20, 2012

Using our home made spaghetti sauce, this came out great!

— says Andrea S.
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