Jumbo pasta shells stuffed with a mix of ricotta, mozzarella, and spinach that’s topped with crumbled sausage and cheese and baked on a bed of pasta sauce.

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Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Shells! Jumbo pasta shells stuffed with a mix of ricotta, mozzarella, and spinach that's topped with crumbled sausage and cheese and baked on a bed of pasta sauce. #sponsored #SimmeredinTradition #Ragu | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Shells

an old friend of mine and I love to host get-togethers at our house (our army of little dogs love it, too) and we’ve pretty much got the formula for “awesome house party” down pat. But you know what we always struggle over?

What food to serve.

Which, now that I think about it, probably isn’t a big surprise. Only a serious foodie would run a food blog like this, and the problem with foodies?

We like food.

All food.

And sometimes we like food so much that we can’t make a simple decision on what to eat.

The struggle is real, my friends, and lately, I’ve been turning to RAGÚ® for the answers. I’ve really fallen in love with the versatility of their Thick & Hearty Four Cheese sauce – it goes with all my favorite pasta dishes.

Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Shells! Jumbo pasta shells stuffed with a mix of ricotta, mozzarella, and spinach that's topped with crumbled sausage and cheese and baked on a bed of pasta sauce. #sponsored #SimmeredinTradition #Ragu | HomemadeHooplah.com

I recently tried it with one of my favorite pasta shell recipes and I was not disappointed. This recipe of stuffed shells with sausage with creamy ricotta, stringy mozzarella, and flavorful sausage was already a tried-and-true classic, but the RAGÚ® Thick & Hearty Four Cheese sauce added that extra level of flavor to take this dish to the next level. I especially love the chunks of tomato in the RAGÚ® Homestyle sauce; it reminds me of my homemade marinara sauce. With RAGÚ®, it’s like I get all the flavor without all the effort!

Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Shells! Jumbo pasta shells stuffed with a mix of ricotta, mozzarella, and spinach that's topped with crumbled sausage and cheese and baked on a bed of pasta sauce. #sponsored #SimmeredinTradition #Ragu | HomemadeHooplah.com

Plus, pasta shells are perfect for a house party – guests can load up their plate with as many shells as they want. It’s easy to plan servings, especially when you just want a “little bit more” for your second helping.

Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Shells! Jumbo pasta shells stuffed with a mix of ricotta, mozzarella, and spinach that's topped with crumbled sausage and cheese and baked on a bed of pasta sauce. #sponsored #SimmeredinTradition #Ragu | HomemadeHooplah.com

If you’re looking for a new crowd-pleasing recipe, these Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Shells are sure to be a hit! If you’d like to see other RAGÚ® inspired dishes, be sure to check out their website!Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Shells! Jumbo pasta shells stuffed with a mix of ricotta, mozzarella, and spinach that's topped with crumbled sausage and cheese and baked on a bed of pasta sauce. #sponsored #SimmeredinTradition #Ragu | HomemadeHooplah.com

Recipe Details

Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Shells! Jumbo pasta shells stuffed with a mix of ricotta, mozzarella, and spinach that's topped with crumbled sausage and cheese and baked on a bed of pasta sauce. #sponsored #SimmeredinTradition #Ragu | HomemadeHooplah.com
5 from 1 vote

Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Shells

20 mins prep + 1 hr cook
184 kcal
Yields: 18 shells
Jumbo pasta shells stuffed with a mix of ricotta, mozzarella, and spinach that's topped with crumbled sausage and cheese and baked on a bed of pasta sauce.

Ingredients 

  • 18 jumbo shells, see recipe notes
  • 1/2 pound ground sausage
  • 2 cup ricotta
  • 2 egg
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, fresh and chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed, rinsed, and drained
  • 2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded and divided
  • 23 ounce Ragu Homestyle Thick & Hearty Four Cheese sauce, (1 jar)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, fresh and chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 360 F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray, then set aside.
  • In a large stockpot, cook jumbo pasta shells to just shy of al dente (see recipe notes about shells). Place cooked pasta in a large bowl and add a splash of cool water (to keep pasta moist and stop cooking process). Cover bowl with a towel and set aside.
  • While pasta cooks, add sausage to a large skillet and brown & crumble over medium-high heat. Drain sausage and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk ricotta and eggs together until smooth. Add garlic powder, oregano, spinach, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese to bowl and stir together until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour Ragu Homestyle Thick & Hearty Four Cheese sauce in prepared baking dish, smoothing out to completely cover the bottom of the dish.
  • To fill the shells: Cup a jumbo shell in your weaker hand, facing the shell so that the tighter curl of the shell is close to your thumb and the looser part rests along your fingers (or palm - whichever is most comfortable). Use your thumb to pry open the shell, then scoop in the ricotta cheese mix with a spoon or a spatula. Each shell can hold about 3 tablespoons to 1/4 cup of filling. When shell is full, place it on top of the marinara sauce, seam side up.
  • Sprinkle cooked sausage on top of stuffed shells, then top with remaining 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30-45 minutes or until cheese is completely melted and sauce is bubbly.
  • Serve immediately with parsley as garnish (optional).

Notes

Jumbo shells have a tendency to tear while cooking. Sometimes this happens because the jumbo shell has a weak seam and sometimes the shells just break while stirring. To avoid problems with this I always cook anywhere from 3-5 extra shells so that I'll always have backups should a shell fall apart. You might end up wasting a few shells this way, but I've found this is better than running the risk of not having enough for the recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 119mg | Vitamin A: 815IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 201mg | Iron: 0.7mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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203 comments

    • Jacob Barkley

    I like the Four Cheese sauce.

    • Mike

    I would choose the HOMESTYLE THICK & HEARTY MEAT SAUCE; I like a good amount of ground meat in my sauce, this would be perfect.

    • John H.

    I would pick the HOMESTYLE THICK & HEARTY MEAT SAUCE.

    • Jennifer H.

    I would choose the HOMESTYLE THICK & HEARTY MEAT SAUCE.

    • Jillian Too

    I’d love to try the RAGÚ Homestyle Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce. I think the garlic will add great flavor.

    • Nicole Colletti

    We Love Garlic in my house when it comes to sauce so I’d definitely say the Homestyle Thick And Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce sounds Amazing!

    • Jessica Whitehouse

    HOMESTYLE THICK & HEARTY FOUR CHEESE SAUCE

    • Jay

    Definitely the Homestyle Thick and Hearty Meat Sauce, it looks great!

    • Jason

    I really like the Homestyle Thick and Hearty Meat Sauce!

    • Parker

    I’d really like to try the RAGÚ Thick & Hearty Four Cheese sauce. Sounds like cheesy goodness!

    • Jerry Marquardt

    I want to try the Ragu Thick and Hearty Four Cheese sauce first and foremost. I love to make Four Meat Ravioli, so the Four Cheese sauce makes sense to have eight different worlds all on one plate.

    • Samantha Michelle

    You can never go wrong with Classic Alfredo sauce!

    • Julia Book

    Thick and hearty mushroom sauce sounds delish!

    • Mary Q

    mary q
    FEB 28, 2017 AT 5:38 PM

    Love your recipes. Thanks for the Give-away! Always FUN!
    Bolder, thicker, heartier
    Hugs to pasta
    Made-from-scratch taste

    • Mary Q

    Love your recipes. Thanks for the Give-away! Always FUN!

    • Susan Smith

    The HOMESTYLE THICK & HEARTY ROASTED GARLIC SAUCE

    • Betsy Barnes

    HOMESTYLE THICK & HEARTY TRADITIONAL SAUCE would be wonderful in so of my Grandmother’s recipes!

    • Tracie Cooper

    I would love to try the Thick and Hearty Mushroom!

    • Sarah S

    The Ragu Thick and Hearty meat sauce is my an old friend of mine’s favorite and you’d never guess it was from a jar. It’s our go-to sauce atm.