Butternut Squash, Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Shells

Butternut Squash, Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Shells

Photo by Jo A.

Butternut squash, ricotta, spinach and spices are combined to perfection in these stuffed pasta shells, enjoy!

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  • Jumbo pasta shells

  • 2

    cups of ricotta

  • cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

  • 1

    fresh smashed garlic clove

  • ¼

    cup frozen chopped spinach ( squeezed and drained)

  • 1


  • Salt, pepper

  • Roasted squash, around 2 cups

  • grated lemon peel

  • 1

    stick of butter

  • 10

    sage leaves

  • Fresh lemon juice


Peel, chop and toss in olive oil your butternut squash, then in a hot oven roast at 425 degrees fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. Cook your jumbo pasta shells according to directions. In a bowl add approximately 2 cups of ricotta, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, 1 fresh smashed garlic clove, 1/4 cup frozen chopped spinach ( squeezed and drained), 1 egg, salt, pepper, your cooled down roasted squash, around 2 cups and grated lemon peel. The lemon peel was key to this dish and added a nice bright flavor. Stuff the shells with the mixture and place in a buttered baking dish. Make a sage brown butter sauce by melting 1 stick of butter in a saute pan until golden brown and bubbly. Add at least 10 sage leaves until slightly crisp. Turn off heat and squeeze in fresh lemon juice. Place your shells in a 400 degrees fahrenheit oven until heated through around 20-25 minutes. When finished spoon your warm sage sauce all over and sprinkle with grated Parmesan.


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