Any day now, one of our national channels will be showing the classic animated special, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It seems only fitting that I break out my pumpkin recipes this week (if you don’t like pumpkin, you may want to check back next week!) in honor of this seasonal favorite. My first recipe is the savory Pumpkin-Ricotta Stuffed Shells.
Jumbo shells are filled with pumpkin, ricotta, cheese, and fresh herbs and baked in tomato sauce. These shells are SO good! The woodsy sage in the ricotta mixture blends well with the pumpkin and the basil provides a freshness to the whole dish. Stuffed shells sometimes seem more work than they are worth but if you use a storage or freezer bag to stuff the shells, the whole process will be much easier.
First, cook the shells and set aside to cool. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil.
In a bowl, mix together ricotta, pumpkin, cheese, sage, basil, egg, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Fill the shells with with pumpkin-ricotta mixture.
Top with more cheese and bake shells in a thin layer of tomato sauce at 350ºF.
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Overall Rating: Love It
Source: Cooking Light Magazine