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Plated Sweet and Savory Stuffed Shells recipe made with butternut squash pasta sauce.

Sweet and Savory Stuffed Shells

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
This Sweet and Savory Stuffed Shells recipe has a secret sweet ingredient. You'll have to read the ingredient list to find out what it is.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 774 kcal


  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage
  • 25 oz Butternut Squash pasta sauce
  • 12 oz large shell pasta cooked, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese divided in half
  • 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
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  • Preheat oven to 400 F. degrees.
  • Remove the casing from the sausage and brown in a skillet. Break the sausage into crumbles as it cooks. Drain as much oil from the sausage once it is cooked through.
  • Place the cooked sausage in a sauce pan and add the jar of pasta sauce. Heat until simmering. Reduce heat and keep warm while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
  • Cook the large shells following the manufacturers directions for a baked dish. Drain the pasta and run cold water over the shells to remove some of the starch which will keep the shells from sticking together. Set aside.
  • Divide the mozzarella cheese in half setting one half aside for topping the stuffed shells.
  •  In a large bowl beat the egg well.
  • Add half the mozzarella cheese to the bowl, and add the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
  • Spread half of the sauce mixture into the bottom of a lasagna pan. Arrange the cooked shell pasta in a single layer in the pan.
  • Fill each shell with the ricotta cheese mixture.
  • Drizzle remaining sauce over shells and top the shells with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes.


Calories: 774kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 1748mg | Potassium: 837mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1238IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 444mg | Iron: 4mg
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