Nothing says Sunday Supper like a big plate of pasta. Especially one that includes sausage, spinach and pasta with creamy cheese and tomato sauce in one comforting dish. It’s ideal for these cold winter nights.
Growing up my family never was one for more than spaghetti and meatballs, we were more of a roast beef and potato kind of family. Not until I moved to New Jersey as a teenager do I remember regularly seeing lasagna, stuffed shells and manicotti at friends homes, parties and restaurants.
After marrying a guy whose Thanksgiving meals often included at least a lasagna or a tray of stuffed shells did I gain an appreciation for stuffed pastas and decided to learn how to make these baked pastas myself.
I’ve spent some years working out the kinks and figuring out what my kids will and won’t eat and now my family regularly looks forward to a night of Cheese Lasagna or one of our favorite weeknight meals, Ravioli Sausage Bake.
I love the fact that this dish is a one dish dinner, although its definitely a meal for a Sunday when you have time to spend in the kitchen. The recipe makes enough for 8 adults, which means it will last our family an extra night for dinner. Its a great idea to make a double recipe or split the shells among two baking dishes and freeze one for later. There’s nothing better than being able to pull something out of the freezer when you have a busy day!
You’ve got everything for your meal in this dish, but make sure you put the extra sauce out when you serve the shells with some bread for dipping, like this Rosemary Roasted Garlic Bread.
Feeling the need to end your meal on a sweet note? These Tiramsu Cupcakes should certainly do the trick!
Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells Recipe
- 12 Jumbo Shells (Ronzoni) 1 package
- 9 Spinach fresh
- 1 Olive Oil
- 1 Sweet Italian Sausage (Johnsonville)
- 2 Butter
- 1 White Onion chopped
- 1 Garlic minced
- 28 Crushed Tomatoes 1 can
- 0.5 Heavy Cream
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 32 Ricotta Cheese
- 1 Egg
- 2 Mozzarella Cheese shredded, divided
- 0.5 Grated Parmesan Cheese