Butternut Squash & Sausage Stuffed Shells

Butternut Squash & Sausage Stuffed Shells

Butternut Squash & Sausage Stuffed Shells

1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed

1 onion, sliced

¾ C. milk

¾ C. vegetable broth

1 lb. sausage

2 C. spinach

3 cloves garlic

1 lb. jumbo shells, cooked al dente

15 ounces ricotta

1 egg

¼ C. parmesan, shredded

Additional parmesan, shredded

Olive oil

Salt & pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange onion and butternut squash in an even layer on a lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Roast for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, cook sausage over medium heat. When sausage is mostly browned, add spinach and garlic. Cook until spinach is wilted and remove from heat. Place roasted butternut squash and onion in a food processor. Pulse until a smooth puree forms. Allow to cool. Stir in milk and vegetable broth. Pour butternut squash sauce into base of a 9×13 baking dish. In a large mixing bowl, stir together ricotta, parmesan, and egg. Add sausage and spinach into ricotta and stir until evenly distributed. Fill cooked pasta shells with 3-4 T. of filling. Arrange shells in butternut squash sauce in the 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes covered with aluminum foil followed by 15 minutes uncovered. Top with additional parmesan.

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