Vegan Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Cashew Ricotta

These Pumpkin and Cashew Ricotta Vegan Stuffed Shells are topped with sage cream sauce for a delicious plant-based meal the whole family will love.

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
4.34 from 3 votes
Finished dish in two white bowls on a marble platter
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: Vegan Stuffed Shells
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 346 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
Pumpkin Ricotta Filling
  • 1 batch cashew ricotta
  • 1 (15) oz. can of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup vegan mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried sage minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Sage Cream Sauce
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Prepare the jumbo shells according to packaged directions. Allow shells to cool while preparing the filling.

  3. In a food processor blend together the ingredients for the Cashew Ricotta until it begins to resemble ricotta cheese. Transfer to a bowl. Add pumpkin puree, vegan cheese, garlic, dried herbs, salt, and pepper and mix to combine. Set aside.

  4. To make Sage Cream Sauce blend cashews with 1 cup of soymilk in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in remaining ingredients.

  5. Pour half of the Sage Cream Sauce into a 9x13 baking pan. Stuff shells with 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin filling and place in the pan. Top with remaining cream sauce.

  6. over with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes until sauce is hot and bubbly. Remove from oven and allow shells to cool slightly before serving.

Recipe Notes

Serve these pumpkin stuffed shells immediately.  Top with toasted hazelnuts, and fresh sage, if you desire. Serve the shells with a big Caesar salad or homemade soup.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator the night before. Once thawed, gently reheat in the oven until heated all the way through. 

If you don't have a high-powered blender, soak the cashews in water for 6 hours prior to using. When ready, drain and rinse the cashews and blend them together in a food processor. They won't be quite as smooth but it should work.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Cashew Ricotta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 26mg1%
Potassium 314mg9%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 453IU9%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 152mg15%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.