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Turkey sausage and mascarpone stuffed shells in a baking dish with a spoon.

Baked Turkey Sausage and Mascarpone Stuffed Shells

Teri & Jenny
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings 6
Calories 479 kcal



  • 2 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ pound Italian turkey sausage
  • ½ pound lean ground turkey
  • ½ small onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced basil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced thyme
  • 1 cup mascarpone, softened
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 20 jumbo pasta shells, boiled to al dente and drained
  • 1 recipe for marinara sauce or 3 cups marinara of choice
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella
  • fresh basil leaves, garnish


  • For filling: Pour 1 ½ tablespoons oil into a large skillet and place over medium-high heat. Add sausage and ground turkey and brown for 4 to 5 minutes, breaking up into small piece with a wooden spoon.
  • Strain meat from skillet and place into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Drain grease from skillet and place back over medium-high heat. Add remaining oil and sauté onion for 3 to 4 minute. Add garlic and herbs and continue to sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Transfer mixture to bowl with the meat and allow mixture to cool, about 15 minutes.
  • Add remaining filling ingredients into the mixing bowl, season with salt and pepper and stir together until fully combined.
  • To assemble: Preheat oven to 375˚F. Pour and evenly spread 2 cups of marinara sauce into the baking dish and set aside.
  • Toss shells with remaining cup of marinara sauce until each is evenly coated.
  • Stuff each shell with 2 tablespoons of filling and place into the baking dish until all shells have been stuffed and baking dish is full.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Uncover shells, sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove shells from oven, cool for about 10 minutes and top with fresh basil leaves. Serve with extra grated Parmesan on the side.


  • *Makes 1 (9”x12”)


Calories: 479kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 25gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 537mgPotassium: 274mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 750IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 187mgIron: 5mg
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