Pumpkin & Ricotta Stuffed Shells

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Pumpkin & Ricotta Stuffed Shells
Recipe Type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta bake
Author: Claire McCormick
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Serves: 8-10
A cheesy, gooey pasta recipe to try out this holiday season! These jumbo shells are stuffed with a mixture of pumpkin, spinach, and ricotta, garnished with just a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg and drizzled with alfredo! An easy weeknight dinner for any time of year (if you can find pumpkin, that is!).
Ingredients
  • 1 box jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 can pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 1 10 oz box frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 32 oz. carton of ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jar good Alfredo sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 deg.
  2. Boil water. Add shells and cook according to package directions, minus 1-2 minutes or when shells are al dente.
  3. Drain pasta and cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, drizzle about 1/2 cup Alfredo sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish or disposable roasting pan sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, spinach, ricotta, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly.
  6. When shells are cool enough to handle, fill each one with about 2 tbsp pumpkin ricotta mixture.*
  7. Line up stuffed shells into bottom of the casserole dish or roasting pan. Sprinkle generously with 1 to 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese. Drizzle remaining Alfredo sauce on top.
  8. Cover with foil. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes covered, then remove foil and bake uncovered for remaining 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
  9. Garnish with pumpkin seeds if desired! Serve with a side salad. Happy Pumpkin Season, ya’ll! 🙂
Notes
*You can also spoon the filling into a large Ziplock storage bag, cut off one of the corners, and “pipe” the filling into each individual shell, but I found this to be way more work than it needed to be (and actually a lot messier!). A plain old spoon worked just fine for me.

 

 

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