Pumpkin Stuffed Shells With Sage Cream

BY : PUBLISHED : October 19th, 2022

It's Fall and time for pumpkin everything! This sweet and savory pumpkin stuffed shells dish is easier to make than you'd expect and tastes even better the next day.

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completed Pumpkin Stuffed Shells With Sage Cream in a white baking tray

Pasta shells are stuffed with a pumpkin filling and tofu ricotta then served with a vegan sage cream sauce drizzled over the top! It’s amazing, so go get some shells and get to stuffing!

Pasta and pumpkin are a match made in heaven! If you haven't tried it yet, you don't know what you're missing. I love it in this pumpkin pasta bake and this stuffed shells recipe!

Both are delicious plant-based recipes with lots of nutrition and are simple to make! These hearty dishes double as a main course or side dish. Serve them up with an easy salad, dinner rolls, or as a side dish for savory tofu recipes.

Why This Recipe Works

  • A hearty vegan pasta dish the whole family will love!
  • The leftovers taste great! 
  • Showcases the flavors of fall with a savory pumpkin filling and sage cream sauce.
  • Make ahead for a meal during the week!

What Goes Into This Recipe

Pumpkin stuffed shells are made with simple ingredients you can find in your grocery store. Don't be scared off by the long list as many you likely already have on hand.

ingredients for Pumpkin Stuffed Shells With Sage Cream measured out against a white surface
  • Large pasta shells: These are the jumbo shells that work for filling!
  • Extra firm tofu: Works perfectly to make the tofu ricotta. 
  • Spices for tofu ricotta: Nutritional yeast adds 'cheesiness' while dried basil and dried oregano add balanced herb flavor to the mix.
  • Cornstarch: Helps to thicken the tofu mixture to make the texture similar to ricotta.
  • Lemon juice: Brightens the flavor of the tofu ricotta. Use fresh if possible.
  • Pumpkin puree: Using canned pumpkin makes things easy but you can also make homemade pumpkin puree if you prefer. It’s a great way to save money when making this dish.
  • Smoked paprika: Adds a touch of spice and smokiness to the pumpkin filling. 
  • Nutmeg and ground cloves: Enhances the natural sweetness of the pumpkin.
  • Maple syrup: Adds just a hint of added sweetness.
  • Cashews: Soaked and drained cashews are used to make the creamy base for the sauce.
  • Fresh sage: For the best flavor, use fresh sage. Dried sage tastes very different to fresh.
  • Miso paste: Adds umami flavor to the cashew cream.
  • Garlic powder: Layers on more flavors in the simple cashew cream.
  • Plant-based milk: Any will work but try to avoid using any with additional flavor added or sweetener.

How To Make Vegan Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin

Here's an overview of what goes into making pumpkin stuffed shells. Gather up your ingredients and let's get started. Check the recipe card below for more details.

  • 1) Cook the pasta shells according to package instructions, drain and set aside.
  • 2) For the Tofu Ricotta: Add all the tofu, nutritional yeast, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, cornstarch and water, and lemon juice together, combine, and set aside. 
  • 3) For the Pumpkin Filling: Combine the paprika, salt, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin, and maple syrup, and set aside.
  • 4) Fill shells with the tofu ricotta and pumpkin fillings then put in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F. While that cooks, make your sage cream.
  • 5) For the Sage Cashew Cream: Blend the soaked cashews, sage, miso paste, garlic powder, and plant-based milk until smooth and set aside. 
  • 6) Once shells are done, drizzle with sage cashew cream and serve.

Expert Tips and FAQs

  • Cook the pasta shells only to al dente or even less. They will cook more in the oven.
  • Making this dish in advance? Prepare the tofu ricotta, pumpkin filling, and sage cream sauce up to three days in advance. Cook and stuff the pasta shells on the same day you plan to serve.
  • Don't be intimidated by the list of ingredients. This recipe breaks down very easily into separate components any level cook can master.
Can I make stuffed shells with another type of winter squash?

It would work great with butternut squash which purees similar to pumpkin and is also available canned. You can try it with other squash, but try to avoid stringy varieties such as spaghetti squash.

completed Pumpkin Stuffed Shells With Sage Cream in a white baking tray

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completed Pumpkin Stuffed Shells With Sage Cream in a white baking tray

Pumpkin Stuffed Shells With Sage Cream

Stephanie Lundstrom
It's Fall and time for pumpkin everything! This sweet and savory pumpkin stuffed shells dish is easier to make than you'd expect and tastes even better the next day.
5 from 45 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 314 kcal
METHOD Oven
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • ½ package of large shells

For the Tofu Ricotta

  • 14 ounces of extra firm tofu, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

For The Pumpkin Filling

  • ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • ¼-½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/16 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 (16 ounce) can of pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup

For the Sage Cream

  • 1 cup of cashews soaked and drained (soaked at least 2 hours)
  • ¼ cup of chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon of miso paste
  • ¾ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ¾ cup of plant-based milk

Instructions
 

  • Cook shells according to package instructions, drain and set aside.
  • For the Tofu Ricotta: Add all tofu, nutritional yeast, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, cornstarch and water, and lemon juice together, combine, and set aside.
  • For the Pumpkin Filling: Combine the paprika, salt, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin, and maple syrup, and set aside.
  • Fill shells with tofu ricotta and pumpkin fillings then put in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F. While that cooks, make your sage cream.
  • For the Sage Cashew Cream: Blend cashews, sage, miso paste, garlic powder, and plant-based milk until smooth and set aside.
  • Once shells are done, drizzle with sage cashew cream.

Notes

  • Cook the pasta shells only to al dente or even less. They will cook more in the oven.
  • Making this dish in advance? Prepare the tofu ricotta, pumpkin filling, and sage cream sauce up to three days in advance. Cook and stuff the pasta shells on the same day you plan to serve.
  • Don't be intimidated by the list of ingredients. This recipe breaks down very easily into separate components any level cook can master.

Nutrition

Calories: 314kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 15gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 488mgPotassium: 515mgFiber: 5gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 11857IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 4mg
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  1. Janaye says

    5 stars
    Perfect for fall I am def making this for thanksgiving

    • Andrea White says

      Yessss - it's definitely a great one for the holiday!

  2. Erin says

    5 stars
    What a perfect fall dish!

    • Andrea White says

      Yesss! Gotta bring out all the pumpkin yumminess for the fall!

  3. Gina H. says

    5 stars
    Such a unique recipe idea! The flavor reminds me of Thanksgiving and family in the best possible way.

    • Andrea White says

      Same! Such yummy thanksgiving fall vibes!

  4. Rachel says

    5 stars
    I love how fancy and beautiful these stuffed shells are and how relatively easy they are to make! It's my new go-to recipe to serve guests 🙂

    • Andrea White says

      Fancy yet super simple recipes are the best!

  5. Beatriz says

    5 stars
    Sage + pumpkin: the best combo ever!

    • Andrea White says

      Yessss - such an epic and yummy combo!

  6. Teodora says

    5 stars
    I like to make these for my guests. They are delicious and look very nice

    • Andrea White says

      They're definitely a crowd pleaser for sure! So so good with such a nice presentation!

  7. Andrea White says

    such a delicious recipe! love that cashsew sage cream!

  8. JC Phelps says

    I've been looking for a new fall pasta recipe -- and this is it. The sage cream sounds divine!

    • Andrea White says

      You're going to love it! It's such a fun and tasty fall recipe to add to your seasonal list!

  9. Bernice says

    My husband and I loved this dish so much, we made it for a potluck on the weekend. Everyone complimented it and we went home with a clean dish. The best compliment is no leftovers!

    • Andrea White says

      So glad you guys and your friends enjoyed it! Definitely quite the compliment!

  10. Jere says

    5 stars
    What a creative recipe and a good use of pumpkin for something savory.

    • Andrea White says

      It's a great way to mix it up from your typical pumpkin sweets!

  11. The Sudden Cook says

    5 stars
    Love the tip about undercooking the pasta as it will cook more in the oven! Thanks for a great recipe:)

    • Andrea White says

      Agreed! Such a helpful tip!

  12. Jessica Formicola says

    5 stars
    I love when pumpkin is savory too! We have made these stuffed shells several times and it always turns out perfecgtly.

    • Andrea White says

      So glad you guys enjoyed it! It's a great meal for the fall!

  13. Amy Liu Dong says

    5 stars
    It looks so good and tasty!
    I am going to make this at home for my husband. Thank you!

    • Andrea White says

      Hope you guys enjoy this one! It's a yummy one!

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