Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sausage Spinach Stuffed Shells

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Remember how I said that I used to not like stuffed shells? Well, now I can't get enough of them!

I concocted these when I had a package of sausage out of the freezer that I had intended on using for something else which fell threw. The spinach needed to be used so I dreamed up these. They were so good, and in my opinion better left over than they were the first time around.

1 lb sweet Italian pork sausage
4C mozzarella cheese
1/2 jar pasta sauce
16oz ricotta cheese
4C cooked spinach
1/4 t. rosemary
1/4 t. oregano
1 t. red pepper flakes
1 T. parsley


Pre-heat oven to 350°.

Cook the shells according to package directions and drain.

Steam the spinach (I used a microwave steamer for about 5 minutes) then drain excess water.

In a fry pan, brown the sausage and remove from heat.

In a large bowl blend the spinach, sausage, cheese & egg mix along with  1/4-1/2 C of sauce and  1/2 the mozzarella.

Stuff the mixture into the shells and place in the pan, open-side up.

Pour additional sauce on shells, then top with the rest of the cheese.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melty.

Source: Original Laura recipe

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