Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells with Butternut Squash Sauce
Ricotta and spinach stuffed pasta shells are the perfect comfort food. Baked to perfection with a butternut squash sauce, these shells are wonderful to share with guests or make-ahead and serve for a weeknight meal.
16 Large pasta shells (Plus a few extra just in case as sometimes they break when cooking)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups packed fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 cup mozzarella
¼ cup parmesan
¼ tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
Pinch chili flakes
1x 25oz jar of butternut squash sauce
10-12 sage leaves, chopped thin
1/2 cup shredded parmesan reggiano cheese
Preparation: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour minutes
Kitchen Equipment: oven-safe pan (9x13 dish)
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Cook the shells according to package directions, drain well and set aside.
- In a skillet, add 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat and once the pan is hot, add garlic. Saute until just starts to turn golden, then add spinach, a splash of water and toss until it just starts to wilt. Take off heat.
- Mix the cheese mixture together: cooked spinach and garlic, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, pepper, salt and chili flakes.
- In an oven-safe baking dish, spread out the entire jar of sauce.
- To assemble the shells, scoop the cheese mixture into each shell, dividing evenly between shells and place the shells into the sauce in the baking dish.
- Top shells with shredded parmesan cheese and minced sage, cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Then remove foil and cook 10-15 extra minutes until bubbling
Recipe Pro Tips:
- Make these ahead of time! Follow the recipe up until the baking step. Instead of baking right away, tightly cover the pan with the shells with foil and keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. When ready to cook, take them out of the fridge a half-hour ahead of time then place in the oven and cook according to the directions, adding 5-10 minutes if needed.