Italian Sausage Stuffed Shells, y’all!
I’ve been working with Johnsonville now for a couple of years and about once a quarter I feature an easy recipe using a Johnsonville product. This quarter, it’s all about the All Natural Fresh Italian Mild Ground Sausage.
Recipes like this one allow me to create a meal my Italian husband loves, while sneaking in lots of veggies. The spinach is obviously not very sneaky, but there are some surprises that my husband and children didn’t even notice.
Italian Sausage Stuffed Shells
- 1 16-ounce package jumbo pasta shells
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1 lb Johnsonville All Natural Fresh Italian Mild Ground Sausage
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 large egg
- 1 16-ounce container of ricotta cheese
- 6 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded or grated + 1/4 cup for topping
- 1/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
- 1 4.25-ounce can chopped black olives
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
This recipe makes enough for 2 9x13 baking dishes.
Oh. My. Goodness, y’all. My children and husband loved these and not once did they complain about all the green. When I’m able to fill my family with loads of nutrient rich ingredients, that makes me one happy woman.
I served these delicious Italian Sausage Stuffed Shells with a salad and warm bread and called it a meal.
It was also a great opportunity to get my oldest child into the kitchen to help with preparing dinner. She gladly chopped the spinach for me and was a master at mixing everything together. I sometimes forget to teach my children their way around the kitchen because I’m always in a rush, but I learned that it’s good to slow down. Even if that means dinner is on the table a few minutes later than expected.
The combination of flavors in this dish are exciting and definitely awakens the taste buds. The Italian sausage alone is incredibly tasty but adding all the other flavors and textures brightens up the dish.
If you have a small family, I would definitely half this recipe. It was more than enough for my family of five and I had to send a whole dish home with my father. This recipe would be perfect for entertaining a big crowd or for a potluck.
Are you a fan of Italian sausage? What’s your favorite way to serve it?