Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed Shells

The trend these days is working with pumpkin. It's no surprise with Halloween that just passed and Thanksgiving just around the corner. Most of the time, pumpkin is used in sweet baked goods but I've been interested in savory applications lately. These Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed Shells is definitely a must try if you're looking to get some savory use out of pumpkin. Pumpkin, a blend of cheeses and herbs make a delicious filling for jumbo shells, which are baked to perfection. This is one pumpkin dish the whole family will love!...

When my friend Jess mentioned she would be making this dish for the recent potluck playdate I hosted for Halloween, I was pretty excited. Granted, I couldn't really eat the pasta but what I was really after was the filling. It was absolutely divine! It was more cheesy than anything but the addition of pumpkin gave it a slight sweetness and richness that was perfectly fitting for the season. To make this gluten free, use gluten free jumbo shells (if you can find them)... otherwise make this dish into a casserole instead! I plan on making this with gluten free pasta and combining it with the filling. Bake it into a casserole dish and enjoy!

Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed Shells
recipe from my friend, Jess

1 (26 ounce) jar of tomato sauce
24 jumbo pasta shells
1 tablespoon olive oil
22 ounces ricotta
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
3/4 cups grated Pecorino-Romato (or Parmesan) cheese
1 large egg white
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh sage
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

3/4 cups grated Pecorino-Romato (or Parmesan) cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the tomato sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish; set aside.

Cook pasta shells per package directions; drain and toss with olive oil. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

In a large bowl, create the filling by combining the remaining ingredients and reser. Fill the shells in the baking dish with the filling.

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle remaining cheese on shells. Bake for another 15 more minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.


  1. What a great recipe! Love everything pumpkin, and this such such a creative use for it. Will be making this in the near future.

  2. Brilliant photo.. and seems to be a perfect dish

  3. What a great recipe...especially for this time of the year. Please consider adding it to my weekly blog hop. Here is the direct link -

  4. I like this recipe a lot, it is one of my favourites. I`ve tried it this morning and it was very good, thanks for sharing.

  5. I saw this in Good Housekeeping at a doctor's office yesterday and knew I had seen it on your site. After checking it out in depth there I knew I had to come back here and get the recipe!