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No-Boil Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash and Spinach

  • Servings:

    Serves 4 as an appetizer
  • Prep Time:

    20 minutes
  • Cook Time:

    60 minutes


Choose shells with the widest openings to make filling them extra easy in step 3. If needed, soak tightly closed shells in hot water while you make the filling; they'll be slightly more open and flexible.
1 cup frozen butternut squash
2 tsp. olive oil
5 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend, divided
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Pinch ground nutmeg
2 cups vodka pasta sauce, divided
1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth, plus more as needed
15 jumbo pasta shells
No-Boil Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash and Spinach


1. Center a rack in oven and heat to 400 degrees. Combine squash and oil in a medium bowl, cover, and microwave until squash is tender, 3 to 5 minutes, then let cool slightly.
2. In a large bowl, combine spinach, 1/2 cup cheese blend, the ricotta, egg, cornstarch, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and nutmeg until blended, then fold in squash.
3. In an 8x8" baking dish, combine 1/4 cup sauce and the broth. Spoon filling into shells, then arrange seam-side up in baking dish. Pour remaining 1 3/4 cups sauce over top, adding more broth if needed to fully submerge shells. Cover tightly with foil and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
4. Bake until shells are tender, about 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until liquid is mostly absorbed, 5 to 10 more minutes. Scatter remaining 1/2 cup cheese blend over top and bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Let sit 15 minutes before serving.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, October - November 2021


Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 4
Base Nutrients
Calories 480 kcal (24%)
Calories from Fat 198 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 22 g (34%)
Saturated Fat 10 g (50%)
Cholesterol 95 mg (32%)
Sodium 1040 mg (43%)
Total Carbohydrates 49 g (16%)
Dietary Fiber 6 g (24%)
Protein 19 g (32%)
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a