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Turkey and Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce

Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken.  The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5 Servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Shells and Filling

  • 15 oz Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 cups Shredded Turkey or Chicken
  • 2 tsp Garlic, Minced
  • 3 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Sauce and Topping

  • 28 oz Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Garlic, Minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

Prep Ahead to Make your Kit

  1. Shred Turkey or chicken with fingers or using 2 forks.

    Shredded Turkey for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. They are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all Filling ingredients except the shredded turkey and combine together.  

    Ricotta Filling ingredients in a bowl for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. They are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!
  3. Once mixed thoroughly, add the turkey and fold in.
    Shredded Turkey added to Ricotta Filling for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. They are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!
  4. Cook the Jumbo Pasta Shells to al dente (not fully cooked).  The shells will finish cooking in the oven.  When the shells are done boiling, strain them and run cool water over them to stop the cooking.

    Boiling Jumbo Shells for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!
  5. To a 9x11 Casserole Dish (3 Quart Dish) add a small amount of the tomato sauce from the whole tomatoes, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan.  Spread the sauce around.  Sprinkle a pinch of Italian Seasoning all over.

    Tomato sauce at bottom of casserole dish for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!
  6. Make the Tomato Sauce by emptying the whole tomatoes and remaining tomato sauce into a bowl.  Crush the whole tomatoes using a fork or just your hands/fingers.  Add 1 tsp Italian Seasoning, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground pepper.

  7. Stuff each of the pasta shells with some of the Turkey Ricotta filling.  You want to try to get 15-16 shells stuffed (you probably will not have dish space or filling for more than this), so do not over-stuff, as you can always go back and add more stuffing.  Also, I like to stuff first, then layer into the dish.  It's easier to go back and re-stuff before adding to the sauce.

  8. Once you have them all stuffed, start layering them in row by row starting with the short end of the dish and going across.

    Stuffed Pasta Shells layered into a tomato sauce in a casserole dish for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!
  9. Pour the tomato sauce over the shells, then sprinkle half of the Parmesan Cheese on top evenly.  Next sprinkle the Mozzarella evenly over top and the remaining parmesan cheese on top of that.

    Mozzarella, Parmesan and Tomatoes on Stuffed Pasta Shells layered into a casserole dish for Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Tomato Sauce. These are the perfect way to repurpose and transform leftover Turkey or Chicken. The Shredded Turkey, Italian seasonings, mozzarella, and ricotta are stuffed in shells and topped with a simple tomato sauce and more melty mozzarella and nutty parmesan, it's a perfect dish that the family will love!

Cook your Turkey Ricotta Stuffed Shells

  1. Bake in a Preheated 350 F degree oven for 45 minutes.   

  2. Serve and enjoy!