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Turkey Stuffed Pasta Shells         
Source: Land O Lakes

Pasta Ingredients:
12 to 16 uncooked dried jumbo pasta shells

Filling Ingredients:
1 tablespoon LAND O LAKES® Butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
1/2 pound ground mild Italian sausage
1/2 pound ground turkey
1/8 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
8 ounces (2 cups) LAND O LAKES® Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce with mushrooms

Cook shells according to package directions. Drain; set aside.
Meanwhile, melt butter in 10-inch skillet until sizzling; add onion and garlic. Cook over medium heat until tender (3 to 4 minutes). Add turkey and sausage. Continue cooking until meat is browned (8 to 12 minutes); drain. Add basil, oregano and 1 cup cheese.
Spread 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce on bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking dish. Stuff cooked shells with meat mixture; place, meat-side down, in prepared pan. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over shells; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Cover with waxed paper; microwave on MEDIUM HIGH (80% power) 5 minutes. Turn dish. Microwave on MEDIUM HIGH until heated through and cheese is melted (5 to 6 minutes). Let stand 2 to 3 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 servings.

Oven Directions: Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare as directed above. Reserve remaining 1 cup cheese. Cover pasta with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through. Remove aluminum foil; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Continue baking, uncovered, until cheese is melted (4 to 6 minutes).

TIP: Reduce oven temperature to 325°F if using 13x9-inch glass baking dish. Baking time may need to be increased.


Pasta shells can be filled and frozen separately. Prepare pasta shells as directed above. Place filled shells onto ungreased baking sheet; cover and freeze. When frozen, place shells into resealable plastic freezer bag; seal bag. Place bag in freezer. To bake shells, heat oven to 350°F. Continue assembling casserole with frozen shells, sauce and cheese as directed in oven directions. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until heated through.


Prepare recipe as directed above. Place filled shells into ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Cover; freeze. To bake, heat oven to 350°F. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until casserole is heated through.

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