Baked Shotgun Shells

These baked shotgun shells are an out of this world appetizer – pasta shells are stuffed with ground sirloin and cheese, wrapped in bacon, and baked until crispy.


  • 24 manicotti pasta shells (from 2 8-ounce packages)
  • 1/2 lb. ground sirloin
  • 1 lb. spicy Italian sausage
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce package) garlic and herb cream cheese, softened
  • 24 slices bacon (not thick cut)
  • 1 ½ cups BBQ sauce, plus more if desired
  • 2 jalapenos, very thinly sliced (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add pasta and cook 5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Spread shells out on a paper towel lined baking sheet and allow to drain.

  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).

  3. Combine ground sirloin, Italian sausage, onion, salt, pepper, garlic
    powder, cheese, and cream cheese in a bowl. Stir until well combined and spoon mixture into a piping bag or resealable bag and cut off one corner of the bag.

  4. Fill each pasta shell evenly with the filling and wrap each filled shell with
    bacon.  Place shells on a lightly greased rack set inside a baking sheet and brush evenly with barbecue sauce.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, flip each shell, and brush again with barbecue sauce.

  6. Return to the oven and bake until deep golden brown and the bacon is slightly crispy, 25 to 30 minutes morr.  Flip once more and brush with any more BBQ sauce if desired and cook 5 more minutes.

  7. Remove from oven, sprinkle with jalapeno slices and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

    Nutrition Facts
    Servings Per Recipe 12
    Calories 656
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 22g29%
    Saturated Fat 9g46%
    Cholesterol 60mg20%
    Sodium 891mg39%
    Total Carbohydrate 83g30%
    Dietary Fiber 4g16%
    Total Sugars 15g
    Protein 28g
    Vitamin C 3mg15%
    Calcium 91mg7%
    Iron 4mg23%
    Potassium 432mg9%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

    ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

    (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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