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Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells with Meat

Make these giant cheese stuffed shells with red pasta sauce. These are stuffed pasta shells with ground beef, Italian Sausage and Mozzarella

giant cheese stuffed shells with red pasta sauce

 

This giant cheese stuffed shells recipe is from a great friend of ours and is one of our favorite stuffed pasta recipes.   And he was kind enough to not only bring these to a dinner but he also shared his recipe.  These jumbo stuffed shells are filled with seasoned sausage and beef and loaded with Mozzarella cheese.    And then they are covered in a red pasta sauce and topped with more mozzarella cheese. 

 

 These are stuffed pasta shells with ground beef, Italian Sausage and Mozzarella

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These giant cheese stuffed shells with ground beef and Italian sausage are truly awesome.  And they are a must in your Italian pasta recipe files.     They can be made ahead and popped into the oven right before dinner.  Serve with crusty bread and and  this tomato cucumber olive salad.

 

Stuffed pasta shells with ground beef and Italian Sausage Recipe:

Scroll down for the printable recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 pound of Italian Sausage
  • One and 1/2 pounds of Mozzarella Cheese, grated
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons oregano, dried
  • 3 Tablespoons basil, dried
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley
  • 4 cups of pasta sauce
  • 16 ounce box Jumbo Pasta Shells

Instructions:

  • Prepare the shells according to package instructions, drain but keep moist
  • Remove casings if using link sausage and brown both types of meat in a dutch oven or large skillet
  • Add onions and garlic and continue cooking until onions are translucent
  • Drain the meat and place in a large bowl, add oregano, basil and parsley
  • Stir in one pound of mozzarella cheese and mix well until cheese is melted, add 1 cup of the pasta sauce
  • Pour another 1 cup of the sauce into a 13 X 9-inch baking dish to coat the bottom
  • As soon as the shells are cool enough to handle, stuff them with the meat mixture and place in dish on top of the sauce
  • After all the shells are filled and placed in the baking dish, pour the remaining sauce over the shells coating them well.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top, cover and bake at 300 degrees F for about 35 minutes until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted
  • Sprinkle the giant cheese stuffed shells with fresh or dried parsley, optional

 

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Stuffed Pasta Shells

Jumbo Stuffed Shells filled with Seasoned Italian Sausage and Ground Beef in an Italian sauce and covered with cheeses  
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked stuffed shells, stuffed pasta, stuffed shells, Stuffed Shells with ground meat, Stuffed Shells with meat and cheese
Servings: 8
Calories: 640kcal
Author: Evelyn

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage bulk or links
  • 1 1/2 lbs mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 3 Tablespoons oregano dried
  • 3 tablespoons basil dried
  • 1/4 cup parsley dried
  • 1 quart pasta sauce
  • 1 16 oz box jumbo pasta shells

Instructions

  • Prepare the shells according to package instructions in a pasta cooker, drain but keep moist
  • Remove casings if using link sausage and brown both types of meat in a dutch oven or large skillet
  • Add onions and garlic and continue cooking until onions are translucent
  • Drain the meat and place in a large bowl, add oregano, basil and parsley
  • Stir in 1 lb of the mozzarella cheese and mix well until cheese is melted, add about 1/4 of the sauce
  • Pour another 1/4 of the sauce into a 13 X 9-inch baking dish to coat the bottom
  • As soon as the shells are cool enough to handle, stuff them with the meat mixture and place in dish on top of the sauce
  • After all the shells are filled and placed in the baking dish, pour the remaining sauce over the shells coating them well.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top, cover and bake at 300 degrees for about 35 minutes until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted
  • 10. Sprinkle with fresh or dried parsley, optional

Nutrition

Calories: 640kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 1608mg | Potassium: 820mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1315IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 506mg | Iron: 4.2mg

 

Recipe Rating




Jeanne Gwin

Monday 11th of February 2019

I'm a bit confused with the recipe. Where is the sauce ingredients and how toos? Thanks Jeanne

Evelyn

Monday 11th of February 2019

Hi Jeanne, The printable recipe card is at the bottom of the post. We used a jar of pasta sauce and just added extra flavor.

Cathy

Wednesday 18th of July 2018

I'm assuming the basil and oregano are dried?

Evelyn

Wednesday 18th of July 2018

Yes, you are correct, the herbs are dried. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, we have corrected our recipe.

Jamie Sherman

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Oh my gosh - that is a friend!! He sounds like he was an awesome guy and I am so sorry he was taken too soon - how awesome of him to share his recipe with you!