Italian Turkey Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells

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Stuffed shells are one of my all time favorite “special” meals. I say special because they really do take a bit of time to prepare, so you’re obviously not going to make them on a weekly basis. But, I still love them. If they’re on a menu at an Italian restaurant, I’m almost always going to order them. I shared my recipe for spinach and ricotta stuffed shells last summer, and believe me when I tell you they are amazing.

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Since we stopped eating dairy (for the most part), I’ve been dying to come up with an equally satisfying dairy-free version, but I am not really into whole fake cheese scene. At least, not yet. So I thought I would give a meat filling a try, and to make things a little healthier, I went for Italian turkey sausage and spinach stuffed shells

More delicious pork recipes: orange pork stir fryslow cooker pork and sauerkraut / caribbean pork chops / pork pad thai / ground pork banh mi wraps

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And, it was a fantastic idea. They turned out perfect (after a few tweaks…), and I am almost as satisfied with them as my other recipe. Although, I really don’t think you can truly match the deliciousness that is ricotta cheese, these are definitely a close second. Plus, they’re really, really pretty.

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Everyone loved them. Even my doubting family members.

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Italian Turkey Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Shells

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 1 12-ounce package jumbo pasta shells*
  • 1 1/4 pounds Italian turkey sausage (or Italian seasoned turkey meat)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups roughly chopped fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 large (about 28 ounces) jar pasta sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  2. Cook pasta shells according to package directions in salted water.
  3. While pasta is cooking, mix the filling. In a large bowl, mix together the sausage meat, bread crumbs, egg, spinach.
  4. Spread a thin layer of the pasta sauce in the bottom of a large baking dish. Fill each shell with the sausage mixture (about a few tablespoons in each). Line the pan with the stuffed shells and top with remaining sauce.
  5. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes.
  6. Remove shells and allow them to cool for at about 5 – 10 minutes before serving.


*You will probably only use about 3/4 of the cooked shells, but making the whole package will ensure you have enough shells if some break in the cooking or filling process.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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