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Monday, October 8, 2012

Sausage Spinach Seashells

Seashells are so much fun to experiment with. You can stuff them with just about anything. I used a mixture of cheeses, sausage and spinach to make a very tasty, mouth watering meal that the entire family loved....they even ate the leftovers voluntarily....which is always a "win"!

Sausage Spinach Seashells

1 box of Jumbo Shells pasta
1 lb ground sausage
6 oz bag fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 c. ricotta cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1/2 c. grated swiss cheese
1/2 c. parmesan cheese
1 egg



Sauce:

1/2 c. butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2  c. flour
1 t. salt
2 c. chicken broth
1 c. milk
3 c. mozzarella cheese, divided (some used to top shells)
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, divided (some used to top shells)
1 t. dried basil
1 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. pepper

For Sauce: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Saute' garlic until tender. Stirring frequently. Stir in the flour and salt, simmer until bubbly. Add the milk and broth, bring to a boil, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add 2 c. of the mozzarella cheese and 1/4 c. parmesan cheese. Add spices and stir until combined and cheese is melted. Set aside.

For Shells: Cook shells according to package directions, drain. Set aside. Cook sausage until brown and done. Drain grease. Cool slightly. Place sausage in a mixing bowl, add chopped spinach, ricotta and other cheeses, garlic and salt and pepper.Stir in egg. Spoon mixture into shells until full. Pour 1/3 c. sauce in bottom of 9x13 baking pan. Place filled shells into pan, open side of shell facing up. Pour remainder of the sauce of shells. Top with the remainder of the cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Julie~
  



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