We Both Won!

In Mid January, I was asked by The Bright Side Project blog to host a give-away. This isn't just any blog, I had 206 answers to the simple question of: What is your go-to meal for friends, family, lover?

Holly's answer was my fave! She eluded to a recipe that I knew would make my taste buds go wild and I was right! I made this recipe last night for my favorite guy and it was proclaimed "The Most Delicious!"

Thanks Holly!!! It's so good I have to share... Oh! but first, Holly is an Etsy Seller too which endeared me even further! Check out her lovely shop that features Hand Painted Pottery, Baby & Family Gifts, Personalized Note Cards & more! Holly Slay

Italian Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Shells with Tomato & Bechamel Sauce

For the tomato sauce:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 med. onion, chopped
2 large cans Italian plum or stewed tomatoes (cut the tomatoes up a little bit)
1 6-oz can tomato paste
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
pinch freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Soften onions in olive oil. Add remaining ingredients, simmer 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

For the béchamel sauce
2 cups milk
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch ground nutmeg & pepper
Melt butter in sauce pan, adding flour and stir to blend. Add milk, salt, nutmeg and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring until you reach desired thickness.

For the meat filling
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 10-ounce package frozen, chopped spinach, cooked & drained
1 pound sausage
5 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons cream
2 eggs, beaten
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Sauté onion in olive oil until soft. Add spinach, cook until all moisture is gone. Transfer to bowl. In same skillet, brown sausage. Drain and add to the spinach mixture. Add remaining ingredients.

To assemble
Cook, according to package, one box large pasta shells. Spread thin layer of tomato sauce in large baking dish. Place meat filling in pasta, arranging in baking dish seam side down. Spread remaining tomato sauce over shells, then béchamel sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan. Bake at 375 degrees until bubbly and beginning to brown on top (about 20 minutes). Enjoy!!


  1. This looks absolutely divine. Too bad we can't set up sampler tables on our blog, or have a "click here to taste" button!

    Maybe I should get to work on inventing that...

  2. Pasta is my favorite thing to eat, and this sounds delicious. I have joined our blog. Patsy