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Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

Vegan stuffed shells loaded with vegetables and roasted garlic tofu ricotta!

Today I thought I would share a fun recipe for the whole family will enjoy! I made these for a family I cook for and they loved them. I know the title says vegan but I promise you no one will ever know! This dish can be made all homemade or you can use a few pantry staples from the store. This recipe will win over any picky eater and is also a fun dish to make with the kids! Healthy, quick, and loaded with nutrients. I made a homemade tomato sauce or you can simply use your favorite jarred brand ( my favorite is Primal Kitchen Foods). For the filling, I roasted butternut squash, then sautéed onion, mushroom, garlic, and spinach seasoned simply with salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings. Mixed with roasted garlic tofu ricotta and topped with herby breadcrumbs! Feel free to use regular ricotta as well just make sure you add all the fixings!
Courses ,
Difficulty Beginner
Time
Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 40 mins Total Time: 1 hr
Servings 4
Best Season Winter
Description

I made a homemade tomato sauce or you can simply use your favorite jarred brand ( my favorite is Primal Kitchen Foods). For the filling, I roasted butternut squash, then sautéed onion, mushroom, garlic, and spinach seasoned simply with salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings. Mixed with roasted garlic tofu ricotta and topped with herby breadcrumbs!

Feel free to use regular ricotta as well just make sure you add all the fixings!

Ingredients
    Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells
  • 28 ounces can of Organic Whole tomatoes
  • 16 ounces can of organic crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons Tomato paste
  • 1 clove Garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 16-18 Jumbo shells
  • Roasted Garlic Tofu Ricotta
  • 1 block extra firm tofu (drained)
  • 1/4 cup Toasted pine nuts
  • 6 cloves Roasted garlic peeled
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional yeast or regular parmesan
  • 1/4 cup Fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 Lemon zested and juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable Filling
  • 2 cups Sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups Roasted butternut squash
  • 1 Red onion diced
  • 1 pkg Organic frozen spinach (drained of excess water)
  • 2 tablespoons Avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup Fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup Fresh chopped basil
  • Breadcrumb Topping
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons Dairy-free or regular butter
  • 1 clove Garlic (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a blender or food processor, puree together the whole tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, paste, garlic, italian seasoning, salt and pepper. ( Can puree completely or leave a bit chunky both works) . Place sauce in a sauce pan over medium heat and allow to cook while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

  3. Add all the ricotta ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning if needed. This can be made a day or two ahead.

  4. In a large saute pan heat avocado oil and saute onions and mushrooms until carmelized. Season with salt and pepper. remove from the heat and add roasted squash and herbs.

  5. Mix together ricotta and vegetable mixture, set aside.

  6. Using the same saute pan as the vegetable saute, add butter and cook until it begins to brown. Add breadcrumbs and toast for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add minced garlic, herbs, salt and pepper. Stir as the residual heat will continue to toast the crumbs.

  7. Cook your shells in salty water until al dente.

  8. Prepare a baking dish with a good slathering of marinara at the bottom. Scoop a few tablespoons of filling into each shell, place them into the baking dish. Top each with a generous spoonful of marinara, breadcrumbs and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes.

Note

If you make this dish I would love to hear from you!! Have an amazing week!

Keywords: vegan pasta, dairy free, baked pasta