In one pot and under 45 minutes, prepare this Italian style Shells and Cheese recipe, filled with flavorful sausage, tomato sauce, and three cheeses!
There’s not much I love more than a big ol’ bowl of pasta, but when said bowl of pasta is made in one pot, in under an hour and it’s super cheesy and flavorful, I love it even more!
This Italian shells and cheese recipe was inspired by the popularity of cheesy pasta dishes on the blog, like Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne and Buffalo Crock Pot Mac & Cheese, it seems like you all love cheesy pasta recipes as much as I do, which is why I created another tasty one for you!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ cup onion (diced)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 lb Italian Sausage
- 12 oz small pasta shells
- 2 ½ cups chicken broth
- 1 (6 oz) can tomato sauce
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 2 oz cream cheese (cubed)
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese (grated)
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese (grated)
Add the olive oil to a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat.
Once the oil is hot, add the onion, sauté 3-4 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté for an additional minute. Add the Italian sausage and cook through, 7-9 minutes.
Add the pasta shells, chicken broth, tomato sauce and Italian seasoning. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
Cover, reduce heat to low and cook 15-20 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
Remove the lid, add the cream cheese, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Stir until the cheese melts into the dish, cooking for an additional 3-4 minutes.
Serve it up and garnish with a little fresh basil or parsley if you’d like!
Easy, breezy and totally cheesy 😉 This Italian twist on Shells and Cheese is sure to be a new family favorite!
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