Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells Recipe

We can all relate to the day after Thanksgiving. You’ve just had an amazing dinner between friends or family the night before, and even though you ate a lot, your fridge is still full of leftovers. Turkey, smashed potatoes, pumpkin pie… It was all delicious, but you’re already bored at the idea of eating that for a week! Here’s when we come to help. What about a recipe that combines delicious leftovers with pasta? Discover our turkey stuffed shells recipe!

The Thanksgiving taste in less than 30 minutes

Shells are the perfect pasta to fill with stuffed turkey.Their shell shape makes them easy to stuff, and you can top them with a sauce to make them moist and tender.

To keep the Thanksgiving spirit alive, we chose our special holiday turkey and gravy sauce for the filling of this recipe. Nevertheless, as it is still pasta we enjoy adding mozzarella and Parmesan cheese for an Italian flair.

List of ingredients

  • Jumbo pasta shells
  • Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
    1 Cups (c)
  • Cubed cooked turkey
    1 Cups (c)
  • Cooked stuffing
    1 Cups (c)
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Mashed sweet potatoes
    1 Cups (c)
  • Chili powder, optional
    1/4 Tea spoons (tsp)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
    1/2 Cups (c)
  • Turkey gravy, warmed
    1 Cups (c)

I don’t have leftovers, can I make it from scratch?

This recipe is great to put a good use of Thanksgiving leftovers and prevent food waste. But of course, you can do it from scratch if you don’t have leftover and still want to try this delicious stuffed pasta recipe! Of course, with turkey already in your fridge, this dish will be quicker to prepare. In any case, follow these steps.

Steps to make Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells Recipe

  1. Cook your pasta and get the oven ready

    Before you begin cooking, set the oven to 350°. Cook your shells al dente and don’t forget to add salt in your boiling water.

  2. Prepare the turkey

    In a large bowl, mix together mozzarella cheese, turkey, stuffing and green onions.

  3. Prepare the potatoes

    In a small bowl, stir sweet potatoes and mix in chili powder.

  4. Wash and stuff the shells

    Drain the shells, then fill each one with 2 tablespoons of stuffing mix and 2 teaspoons of sweet potato mixture.

  5. Prepare the baking dish

    Spray an 11×7-in. baking dish with cooking spray; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

  6. Bake

    Bake the dish for 15 to 20 minutes, covered, or until it is heated through.

  7. Serve with gravy

The perfect mix of Italian and American cuisine

Our Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells recipe is sure to be a hit with pasta lovers everywhere. So use your leftovers and get cooking! We cannot get enough of it. If you’re hooked on stuffing shells like we are, then you can cook your Thanksgiving leftovers in them to freeze for later. Or, if you prefer, cook your turkey specifically for these dishes. Don’t miss our two other excellent stuffed shell recipes: deep-fried mac and cheese shells, and spinach-ricotta pasta shells.

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Hi there! My name is Estelle Ducommun. I’m a French foodie who is not afraid to admit that Italian cuisine is out-of-this-world! I love how simple, yet delicate and delicious some Italian recipes can be. I hope I can share a few recipes with you here, and maybe some fun facts about pasta and pizza that you might not know. Let’s get cooking!

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