Turkey Stuffed Shells Casserole Recipe

Disclosure AffiliateThis Turkey Stuffed Shells Casserole recipe is a hearty pasta dish perfect to serve with a lovely green salad and a loaf of crusty bread.

My family seems to be on a casserole kick lately! My husband and daughter are constantly in the kitchen, head-to-head, concocting their latest masterpiece! To be honest, I am loving seeing the two of them in the kitchen together. My dad would have never been caught dead in the kitchen with my mom (unless he was grabbing a soda from the fridge!) In my humble opinion, if a casserole has some pasta and lots of cheese, I am halfway to food nirvana!

Turkey Stuffed Shells Casserole Recipe

This week, the dynamic duo came up with this Turkey Stuffed Shells Casserole recipe. I love their using ground turkey sausage instead of ground beef. My husband and I are both watching our cholesterol, so that is a smart substitution in this recipe. This recipe is pretty classic, sans the use of the turkey. It is the base for our lasagna recipe as well. This recipe is fun to make because you get to roll up your sleeves and get your hands messy! My daughter usually stuffs the shells, so you know they will be plenty full, which makes my belly quite happy! This is the perfect meal to serve with a lovely green salad and a loaf of crusty bread. Yum!

Turkey Stuffed Shells Casserole Recipe Ingredients
 

Turkey Stuffed Shells Casserole Recipe

 
Ingredients:

1 Box jumbo pasta shells
1-pound ground turkey sausage, cooked
1 Tub of ricotta cheese
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 large egg
1 jar of pasta sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided in half
2-3 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
2 tsp. fresh garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Stuffed Shells pasta

Step 1: Bring your pasta to boil. Rinse and set aside.

Stuffed Shells turkey

Step 2: Cook turkey. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Set aside.

stuffed shells casserole cheese

Step 3: Add your cheese, egg, salt and pepper and Italian seasonings. Blend well. Add in turkey.

stuffed shells casserole pasta sauce

Step 4: Pour a layer of pasta sauce to cover the bottom of the pan.

Cusinart Lasagna Pan

SIDE NOTE: This Cuisinart lasagna pan looks awesome! It’s going on the “kitchen wish list”.

stuffed shells casserole stuffing

Step 5: Stuff your shells and place seam down in your 8×8 pan. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is bubbling. Serve immediately and enjoy!

stuffed shells casserole pin

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Turkey Stuffed Shells Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 Box jumbo pasta shells
  • 1-pound ground turkey, cooked
  • 1 Tub of ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided in half
  • 2-3 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp. fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasonings
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Cook your ground turkey. Add garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Set aside. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add 1/8 cup salt. Cook pasta shells according to directions, but for 2 minutes less. Drain and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine your ricotta, Parmesan, 1 cup of your shredded mozzarella cheese and your egg. Add salt and pepper and Italian seasonings and blend well. Add in your turkey. Pour ½ cup of your pasta sauce into a lasagna pan (just enough to coat the bottom.) Fill each shell with your meat/cheese mixture. Place seam side down into your sauce coated pan. When the pan is filled with shells, top with ½ cup of your remaining shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Add remaining ½ cup mozzarella cheese and bake an additional 5-10 minutes. Serve hot with your favorite bread!
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About Kelly

Kelly is a wife, mom of 5 (2 are furry), camera bug, tech lover, gadget grabber, travel enthusiast, music aficionado and TV junkie. Her goal is to share with you recipes, DIY ideas and crafts that are fun, easy to make and won’t break the bank.

Comments

  1. Oh this looks so good! I love the idea of using turkey, thanks!

  2. These look so delicious! I’m definitely going to have to add this to my meal plan.

  3. I’m with you, add pasta and cheese and I’m a happy casserole partaker. 😉 My very first time cooking stuffed shells, it didn’t say to boil them and I didn’t know you were supposed to, hahahaha. Talk about a crunchy dinner. 🙂 It was many, many years ago. These look great!

  4. I know my Italian family would be into this dish. Looks so delicious and if it has cheese, count them in!

  5. I love stuffed shells but never find the time to make them. Usually get frozen, but need to rethink that!

  6. jewelwood55@gmail.com' Julie Wood says:

    This recipe looks so delicious and I want to make it for a big Sunday dinner. We love stuffed shells and your recipe is healthy and fun to make!

  7. Looks so yummy! Thank you for the recipe

  8. tk_2580@hotmail.com' Tandi Vidal says:

    This looks like a yummy recipe. We are always looking for new things to make. We are going to have to give this one a try.

  9. dearrhannahh@aol.com' Hannah C says:

    This looks so delicious! I want to make it sometime soon!

  10. slehan@juno.com' Sarah L says:

    I like all the ingredients in this recipe. Would be yummy.

  11. rajeespot@gmail.com' Rajee Pandi says:

    love to try it

  12. therichardchar@gmail.com' The Char says:

    I WANT TO EAT IT!

  13. cynwins@outlook.com' Cynthia W says:

    This looks and sounds delicious! I think I can even make this, LOL. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. ggentry@embarqmail.com' Gina Gentry says:

    My family despises ricotta, anyone have any ideas of a substitute for it, fresh mozzarella maybe??

  15. kaflickinger74@yahoo.com' Kimberly Flickinger says:

    This casserole looks delicious! I will definitely be pinning and saving for later. Thank you for sharing!

  16. versatileer@gmail.com' Jerry Marquardt says:

    This Casserole looks so delicious due to the fact that it is stuffed with Turkey. I cannot wait to get started making this classic family recipe.

  17. I’ve never had stuffed shells before. I like that it uses turkey since we’re not big ground beef eaters.

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