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Pizza Stuffed Shells - pasta stuffed with sausage and pepperoni. Total crowd pleaser. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Pizza Stuffed Shells

These Pizza Stuffed Shells are jumbo pasta shells stuffed with sausage, pepperoni, and cheese. Put your favorite toppings in! They can be made ahead and frozen for later. These are a total crowd pleaser.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 25 shells


  • 1/2 lb sausage
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (or use dried garlic powder if you don' have fresh)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pepperoni
  • 16 oz cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 25 jumbo shells
  • 1 (26-oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • (optional) grated Parmesan for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 375 and lightly spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray. I like to split it into 2 smaller pans and cook one for dinner and freeze the other one.
  2. Cook jumbo pasta shells according to package. Drain and cool.
  3. While pasta is cooking brown the sausage in a pan. Add the garlic for the last minute of cooking. Drain sausage.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine sausage, pepperoni, cottage cheese, Italian seasonings, and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese.
  5. Stuff pasta shells with cheese mixture and place in prepared baking dish. Top with spaghetti sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese. Freeze here for later if making ahead of time.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle Parmesan on top if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Source: Slightly adapted from Plain Chicken

Freezer Instructions: For best results, thaw dish out in the refrigerator the night before eating and bake as instructed. You can also bake it frozen but just add 10-15 minutes to the bake time.