Stuffed Shells – 21 Day Fix Approved

Stuffed Shells – 21 Day Fix Approved

Tender pasta, bursting with meat and cheese, lightly browned on the edges, they were more than just a plate of noodles and sauce. For this recipe, we’re going to make our own 93% lean Italian sausage that takes just minutes to put together. It will honestly leave you wondering why you ever used the store-bought stuff.

Yields: 4 servings (3 shells each)

Portion Fix Container Count: (per serving): 2 green, 1 red,  1 yellow, 1 blue, 2 tsp.


  • 12 dry jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 lb. raw 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. ground paprika
  • 3 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. cold water
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups Marinara sauce – low sugar
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped baby spinach
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2.  Cook shells according to package directions. Rinse under cold water. Set aside. *see note below*
  3. To make sausage mixture, combine turkey, salt, pepper, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes (if desired), paprika, garlic, and water in a large mixing bowl; mix with  clean hands until sticky and
  4. thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat, until fragrant.
  6. Add sausage mixture; cook, breaking into small pieces with a wooden spoon, for 4 to 6 minutes, or until cooked through.
  7. Add 1 cup marinara, spinach, and basil. Bring to a gentle boil; gently boil for 2 minutes.
  8. Place remaining 1 cup marinara in bottom of a 9 x 9-inch casserole dish. Set aside.
  9. Fill each shell with approx. 3 Tbsp. turkey mixture. Place in prepared casserole dish, seam-sides up. Top with cheese, if desired. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Enjoy.

• It’s best to slightly undercook the shells, as they will continue to cook in the oven. Most boxes will have pre-bake boil times. It’s usually about 9 minutes.
• If your boiled shells are going to be sitting for a while, it’s best to lay them out on a sheet pan after rinsing to avoid them sticking together.