Monday, March 7, 2016

Kale & Sausage Stuffed Shells Featuring Nello's Lavender Piedmont Pomodoro Sauce


 
Happy Monday! Did you know that March is National Sauce Month? Let's celebrate and cook some of these Kale & Sausage Stuffed Shells Featuring Nello's Lavender Piedmont Pomodoro Sauce! Read my recipe below!

First, in a medium non-stick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Add Italian sausage and red pepper flakes; cook sausage, breaking up with a wooden spoon, about 4-5 minutes.
 
Add onion and saute with the sausage until translucent, 2-3 minutes.
 
Add chopped kale and continue to cook until kale softens, another 3-4 minutes.
 
Add in minced garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, making sure not to brown garlic. Turn off heat and let sausage and kale mixture cool.
 
While your sausage mixture cools, cook pasta shells according to package instructions.
 
Drain noodles, and lay shells on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Set aside to cool.
 
 
 In a large bowl mix ricotta, egg, oregano, basil, Parmesan cheese and Italian parsley. Stir in sausage and kale mixture. Season with freshly cracked pepper and a pinch of kosher salt, stir to combine. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
 
Cover the bottom of a 13 x9 baking dish with 2-3 cups marinara. Fill each shell with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the sausage kale mixture. Layer shells in the prepared baking dish.
 
Pour remaining marinara on top, making sure to cover each shell.
 
Sprinkle the top with mozzarella, cover baking dish with aluminum foil bake for 30 minutes.
 
 
 
Kale & Sausage Stuffed Shells Featuring Nello's Lavender Piedmont Pomodoro Sauce 
 
 
Ingredients:

12 ounce box of jumbo pasta shells
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound Italian sausage, bulk or link with casing removed
1 heavy pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
1 bunch kale, roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
15 ounce ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup Italian parsley, finely chopped
Freshly cracked pepper
Pinch kosher salt
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions:

1. In a medium non-stick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Add Italian sausage and red pepper flakes; cook sausage, breaking up with a wooden spoon, about 4-5 minutes.
Add onion and saute with the sausage until translucent, 2-3 minutes. Add chopped kale and continue to cook until kale softens, another 3-4 minutes. Add in minced garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, making sure not to brown garlic. Turn off heat and let sausage and kale mixture cool.
 
2. While your sausage mixture cools, cook pasta shells according to package instructions. Drain noodles, and lay shells on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Set aside to cool.

3. In a large bowl mix ricotta, egg, oregano, basil, Parmesan cheese and Italian parsley. Stir in sausage and kale mixture. Season with freshly cracked pepper and a pinch of kosher salt, stir to combine. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

4. Cover the bottom of a 13 x9 baking dish with 2-3 cups marinara. Fill each shell with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the sausage kale mixture. Layer shells in the prepared baking dish and pour remaining marinara on top, making sure to cover each shell. Sprinkle the top with mozzarella, cover baking dish with aluminum foil bake for 30 minutes.

4. Take off aluminum foil and cook for another 5-10 minutes until cheese is lightly browned and sauce is bubbling. ENJOY!


8-10 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes





 

 

 

This recipe was SO good! The Lavender Piedmont Pomodoro Sauce with the sausage and red pepper flakes was a perfect pair. The perfect balance between hot and sweet. Which made for one awesome stuffed shell recipe that I plan on making for Easter! This recipe is perfect for getting kids to eat their veggie because the kale is hidden in it :) Serve with a salad & bread and you have a meal! Om nom nom!
 
Print this recipe out and make a quick during-the-week meal that everyone will love! <3
 
I am a Nello's Sauce #mombassador! I received free sauce in exchange for awesome recipes ;)
 
~Melissa~
 

33 comments:

  1. We love stuffed shells in our house. I need to try these with the sausage :)

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    1. They're so good with the sausage. Very tasty and filling :)

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  2. That looks so delicious! I would love to try this recipe since the kids and I are huge pasta lovers!

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  3. I'd love to make some of these shells. That sauce sounds perfect and we're trying to use kale more often.

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    1. Kale is so good! I've been trying to cook with it more, too 🙂

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  4. Yummy, that looks so good, I'll have to make this sometime for my mom and dad.

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    1. Thanks Mya! Your mom and dad will enjoy it!

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  5. My family would LOVE this! I am not sure if we have that sauce, but I want to make this so I will have to check at my local store and see if they have it.

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  6. This looks great. Love to try this recipe soon.

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  7. I am a terrible cook, but with these step by step instructions I just might be able to pull this off and totally shock my husband. Thanks!

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  8. We love kale here at home so I would love to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing this.

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  9. Looks so good! My family loves stuffed shells, and I love that it has kale in it.

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  10. I love me some fully loaded stuffed shells. Using kale is such a good idea!

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  11. You know I have those big shells in my pantry but I haven't used them yet because I'm afraid they'll fall apart. They stay together pretty well I assume? Your dish looks amazing!

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  12. This recipe is really fantastic! I'd love to try it.

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  13. Another great recipe I will be pinning! This looks so healthy, yummy and filling! My family is trying our best to eat healthier choices and green leafy vegetables are always a part of our daily meals.

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  14. wow! I will take that sauce any day! I think I will have tons of fun filling these shells for my family

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  15. Omg these stuffed shells sound amazing!!! I can't believe I never thought of putting kale in stuffed shells! Genius!

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    1. They won't disappoint! The kale is a nice added flavor :)

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  16. Yum, it looks delicious! I love stuffed shells!

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  17. Wow those are really look delicious recipe. I want to try this

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  18. I love that good foods. My family love this too

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  19. This looks so good! I love that it can easily be put together too! Great recipe! - Erin Kennedy

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  20. We love stuffed shells - I need to make them with sausage for my hubby! He would love these. Thanks for the great recipe!

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