Italian Chicken Sausage + Spinach Stuffed Shells

I’m always looking for a good recipe that my family will love and comes together quickly, this one hits the spot!

Pasta is always a fan favorite. The Italian sausage packs the flavor and using a chicken variety helps cut fat and calories. Adding Spinach sneaks in a little more nutrients.

I always like to use fresh herbs if I have them on hand or if it’s garden season. If you don’t have fresh herbs then dry Italian Seasoning will work too!

Serve this dish with a salad and garlic bread and you’re good to go!

What you need:

  • About 1/2 box of Large Pasta Shells (a little over)
  • Large jar of Marinara or other pasta sauce of your choice
  • 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (plus a little more to sprinkle on top.)
  • 1 lb raw Italian Chicken Sausage (bulk or casings removed)
  • 5 oz Fresh Spinach
  • 1-2 tbsp Fresh Chopped Basil
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Chopped Oregano
  • Salt + Pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella

Make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Put a pot of water on high heat for boiling pasta
  3. Set sauté pan to medium high heat and add about a tsp of Olive Oil
  4. Add Italian sausage and brown
  5. Add spinach and cook while stirring frequently
  6. Once water is boiling add pasta and cook according to packaging
  7. After spinach has wilted remove pan from heat
  8. When pasta is done drain and cool under cold running water
  9. In a mixer bowl with paddle attachment or large bowl add ricotta, Parmesan, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt + pepper, and sausage mixture, mix well
  10. Add egg to the mixture and mix in for about 15 seconds
  11. Fill shells and place in sprayed baking pan
  12. Top with jar of sauce
  13. Top with Mozzarella cheese and a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan cheese
  14. Cover and bake for about one hour or until bubbly and heated through

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