Shells and cheese can be a great snack, but Johnsonville® can transform it into a meal! This recipe combines all of your favorite Italian cheeses with the savory deliciousness of Johnsonville® Italian Sausages. The result? An authentic Italian dish that will leave your stomach full and happy.
1 package (16 ounces) Johnsonville® Mild or Sweet Ground Sausage
1 box (12.5 ounces) jumbo pasta shells
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 jars (24 ounces, each) marinara sauce
2 eggs, beaten
1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped or 1 Tablespoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
How to Make It
In a skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, until pork is no longer pink; drain. In a Dutch oven, cook pasta shells according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. Using a pastry brush, coat sides and bottom of a 3-quart baking dish with oil. Pour half of the marinara sauce into baking dish. In a large bowl, combine eggs, ricotta cheese, 2-1/2 cups of mozzarella, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, basil, pepper and prepared sausage. Stuff shells with meat mixture; arrange in baking dish. Pour remaining marinara sauce over shells. Cover and bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve.
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