Stuffed Shells



1 Tbsp olive oil

½  onion, chopped

2 large cloves garlic, chopped

½  pound Italian sausage

1 tsp fennel (optional)

½  cup red wine

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried basil

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

Pasta and Filling

8 oz jumbo shells

12 oz whole milk ricotta cheese

6 oz parmesan cheese, grated (reserve about ¼ cup for topping)

6 oz asagio cheese, grated (reserve about ¼ cup for topping)

1 egg

1 cup fresh spinach

½ tsp salt


In a large pot or Dutch oven add olive oil and sauté onion and garlic for about 2 minutes to soften.

Add sausage and cook until slightly browned.

Add fennel if you choose, and red wine. Cook for about a minute.

Add crushed tomatoes, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, sugar, and salt.

Simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes.

In a large saucepan, cook pasta for half of the cooking time. Drain and rinse with cold water.

To make the filling, combine cheeses, egg, spinach, and salt in a food processor.

Pulse to combine.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cover the bottom of a casserole dish with sauce.

Fill each shell with sauce and place filled side up in casserole.

Top with remaining sauce and reserved cheese.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes until sauce is bubbly.

French bread is marvelous to capture extra sauce!

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