Make Pasta Night Special With Martha Stewart’s Sausage and Kale Stuffed Shells

As spring looms on the horizon, many of us are still living through the end of a gloomy winter. If you’re running out of dinner ideas and want something that will feed your belly and your soul, then you might want to try these. Sausage and Kale Stuffed Shells from Martha Stewart.

This dish has all the goodness you expect from a casserole pasta dish, plus the added benefit of being freezer safe. You can double up on prep and get two dinners for the effort of one!

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First you will cook your jumbo pasta shells in salted water (no oil!) for about five minutes. Next, you’ll take some EVOO and add it to a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. You will then add your spicy Italian sausage that has been removed from the casing and break it up with a spoon while making sure it cooks evenly. It takes about five minutes.

Transfer the sausage to a plate and add your chopped cabbage leaves to the pan, along with two tablespoons of water. You should only cook for about two minutes, until the kale is wilted. Season to taste and combine kale and sausage. Once completely cooled, you can roughly chop

Now it’s prank time!

Mix your mixture of ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella and sausages and season to taste. Take about two tablespoons of the mixture to fill each shell. Next, you will prepare the final build for firing. Take a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and spread the marinara sauce of your choice on the bottom. Top with your stuffed shells and add another layer of sauce on top. Sprinkle your leftover cheese and cover with foil lined with parchment paper.

This is where the Choose Your Own Adventure portion of the dish comes in:

If you want Freeze: put it in the freezer for an hour, then remove it, wrap the whole dish in plastic film and keep it in your freezer for up to three months.

If you want to cook: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and remove the plastic from your dish. Cook covered until heated through and cheese is bubbling around edges (one hour). Then remove your lid and let the top of the dish reach a nice golden color (20 min). Let stand 15 minutes before serving. You’ll end up with a hearty, satisfying, and technically veggie-filled dinner! Find the full recipe here.

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