Turkey Bolognese Stuffed Shells

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The #1 thing I’m asked most on FB live is what to make for dinner that’s quick, easy and feeds a crowd! Well… problem solved. Turkey Bolognese Stuffed Shells are about to be your new favorite weeknight meal!

Turkey Bolognese Stuffed Shells from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

This Stuffed Shells recipe is fast, fresh and perfectly delicious. I’d venture to say you have almost everything for this in your pantry right this very minute – you just need a quick trip to the market to pick up some ground turkey meat (white or dark meat works) and the jumbo pasta shells. Then it’s game time!

Turkey Bolognese Stuffed Shells from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

First, whip up a quick turkey bolognese. Thomas is ALL about that lean protein right now! Mostly because we’re about to head off on a trip that involves 10 days beachside, so he’s packing the protein like whoa. I on the other hand, am just the ultimate ground turkey fan. You can transform it into just about everything. Tacos. Burgers. Bolognese. Larb. You name it, it’s the perfect protein in my opinion.

Turkey Bolognese Stuffed Shells from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

So today it’s turning into a quick bolognese and then getting stuffed into jumbo pasta shells. Simple right? Then a quick sprinkling of cheese on top, plenty of fresh basil and voila!! The best dinner in just about 30 minutes!! PLUS – if you have kids, this is a fun one to get them involved in as they can help stuff the shells with the ground turkey meat mixture!!

Turkey Bolognese Stuffed Shells from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Have at it! And TGIF for real! Have a great weekend guys! xoxo

Turkey Bolognese Stuffed Shells from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Turkey Bolognese Stuffed Shells

4 from 1 vote
Turkey Bolognese Stuffed Shells are about to be your new favorite weeknight meal. They're easy to make and feed a crowd!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people


  • 1 package jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound ground turkey meat dark meat preferred
  • 1 24- ounce jar marinara sauce plus 1 cup extra
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 medium balls fresh mozzarella
  • fresh basil leaves to garnish
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cool water; drain.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, add the onions and sauté for 5-6 minutes until soft. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning and stir to combine, for 30 seconds.
  • Add the ground turkey and break apart using a wooden spoon. Sauté for 6-8 minutes until no pink remains. Add the marinara sauce and stir to combine. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Spread 1 cup of the pasta sauce in bottom of baking dish. Stuff each pasta shell with the ground turkey mixture. Arrange shells, filled sides up, on sauce in baking dish.
  • Cover dish with foil; bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan and top with torn mozzarella. Bake uncovered 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Garnish with tons of fresh basil and serve.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson /  Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. These sound amazing and very similar to a recipe I’ve made for years! Speaking of larb…do you have a recipe? I don’t see one here when I search. Would love to see your version of it!! Thanks for your great blog!!

  2. I’m excited to try this one, I think my kids would likt it too. I love the round white casserole dish, what brand is it or where did you find it? Thanks!

  3. I made this and loved it! I had some greens to use so I added some chopped spinach to the sauce. Yum 😉

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