Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells with Garlic Cream Sauce

Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells with Garlic Cream Sauce 

A rustic, simple recipe for stuffed pasta shells with Italian sausage, spinach and mozzarella topped with an easy garlic cream sauce.

I love sausage. Like, to the point that most people love bacon. I really only cook bacon to get the drippings for cooking with. I would rather have sausage any day of the week. 

And I really love Italian sausage. I often use Italian sausage instead of ground beef when making weeknight spaghetti. TIP: easily make mini meatballs using Italian Sausage links by removing the casings then pinching off little one-inch pieces of sausage then rolling them into little meatballs.

I make a more traditional recipe for Classic Stuffed Shells using tomato sauce (that is GREAT for serving guests and even freezing) but I wanted to change things up.
So I had the idea to make these stuffed shells using mostly just Italian sausage and spinach. And while I'd usually serve stuffed shells with marinara or some other red sauce I decided to go with an alfredo-type sauce with this recipe because sausage and spinach just go with cream sauce!
This Garlic Cream Sauce is super simple to make but you could totally skip it and just use a prepared jar or tub of alfredo sauce from the grocery store. Trust me, I know all about going the quick and easy route when you're trying to get supper on the table quickly! But this sauce is super simple and easy and packs an amazing punch of fresh, homemade flavor. And, it’s really frickin easy.
Now, all that being said, you could totally skip the creamy sauce and just use marinara sauce or your favorite spaghetti sauce too. Just use whichever you prefer!
 Sausage and #Spinach Stuffed Shells with Garlic Cream Sauce
ingredients:
Stuffed Shells:
  • 10 ounces jumbo shells (approximately 20-25 shells)
  • 1.25 pounds hot Italian sausage, casings removed if applicable
  • 1 10-ounce box frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
Garlic Cream Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, smashed (not minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
you can make this recipe southyourmouth

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