Italian Ground Turkey Stuffed Shells are a delicious option for a weeknight meal, entertaining or freezer meals. Made with ground turkey instead of beef and packed with flavor! Stuffed shells are the ultimate comfort meal.
Stuffed shells are one of my favorites for meal prepping and freezer meals! When I was pregnant with my son, I made a bunch of freezer meals to prepare for after the baby was born.
I discovered that I am pretty picky about freezer meals! Some freezer meals just taste so bland once you cook them, and certain foods don’t freeze and then thaw out great.
Stuffed shells, though, are always a winner! They freeze so well and taste just as good after you thaw them out and bake them.
For this version of stuffed shells, I decided to go with a tomato sauce and use ground turkey for the meat. I’ve also got an Italian Sausage Alfredo version on the blog if you want to check that out!
This recipe is based on the recipe my mom used to make when I was a kid. Stuffed shells were one of my favorite meals. My mom would freeze them without the sauce so that we could get a few out at a time and reheat with sauce for lunches.
Making stuffed shells is a bit of a process. It’s not too bad, but definitely more work than I usually put into a weeknight dinner. So whenever I make them, I like to make several batches so that I can have one for dinner that night and freeze the rest.
Usually I do a triple batch of these stuffed shells, and it takes me about an hour or so to get everything prepped and all 3 pans of shells assembled.
Can I Use a Different Meat for this Recipe?
This recipe is also great made with different types of meat! Ground beef works well or you could even try using leftover chicken.
How to Freeze Stuffed Shells
This recipe freezes great! I like to triple the recipe when I make it. Because of the amounts in the packages of pasta shells and turkey I can get at my store, I find that tripling works best for me. I’ll have one pan for dinner and freeze 2.
I get disposable 9×13 foil pans. Prepare the recipe through step 6 but don’t bake before freezing. Cover the pans with a layer of cling wrap and a layer of tin foil.They will stay good in the freezer for at least 2 months.
Once you are ready to eat your frozen shells, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. At dinnertime, preheat the oven to 350 F and bake. If the shells were just taken from the refrigerator before putting in the oven, it may take a little longer than 20 minutes to fully heat the filling.
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Love this recipe? Be sure to try my Italian Sausage Alfredo Stuffed Shells next! This version features a homemade alfredo sauce and Italian sausage.