Mushroom and Turkey Italian Sausage Stuffed Shells

I had some leftover mushroom marinara I needed to use up so I decided to make some stuffed shells with mushrooms, spinach, and turkey Italian sausage. It was a super simple recipe to make and tasted fantastic. If you don’t have time to make your own marinara, just use your favorite sauce from a jar. I served the stuffed shells with homemade French bread for a delicious and hearty meal.

Stuffed Shells:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 5 links of turkey Italian sausage, removed from casings
  • 8 oz white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced finely
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 15 oz low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh spinach, chopped
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves, chopped (plus extra for garnish)
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups of mushroom marinara (or store bought sauce)
  • 12 jumbo pasta shells, cooked per instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the turkey Italian sausage (removed from casing), and cook until crumbled. Add the mushrooms and onions then sauté until golden brown, about 5-6 minutes. Add the minced garlic and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a large bowl combine the ricotta, the mozzarella, Parmesan, the egg, the spinach, fresh basil, the nutmeg, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste. Mix thoroughly then add the turkey, Italian sausage, mushroom, and onion sauté then combine. Taste mixture and re-season if needed.

Pour 1 1/2 cups of marinara in the bottom of a baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray. Place the 12 cooked shells in the pan. Stuff each shell with the ricotta mixture. Pour the remaining sauce over the stuffed shells.

Cover with tin foil and bake for 35 minutes. Top with fresh chopped basil. Enjoy.


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2 Responses to “Mushroom and Turkey Italian Sausage Stuffed Shells”

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    Anonymous — March 12, 2011 @ 5:01 am

    Ive just made these tonight and my family loved it! I like the combination of fresh spinach and fresh basil in the stuffing. The Turkey Italian sausage gave a better flavour than the usual ground beef. The only challenge I had with recipe was I could not find the extra large jumbo pasta shells. Instead, I used 28 regular
    jumbo size shells which I got from an Italian grocery. Thanks, for

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    Jemma — February 12, 2012 @ 1:29 am

    Love your website. I have been getting recipes off your blog for a couple of years and I thought to myself, I have never left a comment. I love that I have a go to blog to get recipes:) It has been my peace of mind, when trying new recipes. I plan to cook this recipe tonight, looks yummy. I just am gonna sub pepperoni for the sausage, even though the sausage sounds great. Its just what I have on hand. Thanks much for a variety of great recipes:)) My boyfriend thanks you too.

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