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My husband calls me his guinea pig. He comes up with recipes in his head and I am the lucky recipient of his culinary gifts!

This is what we had last night. I call it Baked Cheesy Shells with Sausage.

Here’s the recipe:

1 bag of  small pasta shells (the big bag)

2 pounds of  loose sweet Italian sausage (or mix hot and sweet sausage OR turkey sausage)

1 jar of jarred spaghetti sauce (Myron used a 45 oz. jar. It made a LOT!!!!)

2  – 8 oz cans of diced tomatoes

1 medium/large onion, chopped

1 – 6 oz container of shredded Parmesan

minced garlic to taste

garlic salt/pepper

1  – 8 oz package of Italian blend cheeses or mozzarella

To prepare:

  1. Boil and drain your shells and set aside. Myron adds a tablespoon of minced garlic to his water.
  2. Saute your onions, minced garlic, and your sausage  together and season with the garlic salt and pepper to taste. If you like oregano or other seasonings add them.
  3. When the sausage is browned, drain off the excess grease.
  4. Mix the sausage and diced tomato with the sauce.  Heat up to a simmer and add in the drained pasta . Let sit for 10-15 minutes to cool down. Then mix in container of Parmesan.
  5. Transfer to a long baking dish.  Spread  mixture evenly. (Ours is Pyrex.)
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes uncovered.
  7. Pull your dish out of the oven and cover with liberally with the package of Italian 5 cheese blend.
  8. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly and slightly browned on top, about 20 minutes.
  9. Pull from oven, let cool for a minute. Serve, eat, and enjoy!

To make this a bit healthier, I would suggest using whole wheat pasta shells, low sodium spaghetti sauce, turkey sausage and low-fat mozzarella cheese. You might tried the sauce that has mushrooms in it or chop up some fresh mushrooms.

Myron used a huge jar of sauce and a lot of shells (the big bag) so we had tons of extra that didn’t fit in the the baking dish but we plan to freeze the excess for a later day.

Hope ya’ll like it!!!

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