Butternut Squash and Sausage Stuffed Shells

Butternut Squash and Sausage Stuffed Shells

What is it about fall? I use to think nothing, but as I grow older Fall is starting to hold a special place in my heart. Maybe because it symbolizes change, but it’s probably more so due to it being the part of the year where warm delicious pastas make a comeback! Nonetheless, here’s a recipe that is sure to highlight Fall in all its glory. It’s my butternut squash and sausage recipe and if you love Fall, you’re bound to enjoy this!

Butternut squash! But what I like to call the sister of sweet potatoes, but with a harder shell. If you’ve been to the store lately, you’ve seen this sitting out. You may also see them cubed and stuffed into packages, which makes it much more easier to make this recipe. I recommend getting the prepackaged kind, it will save you some time and energy…trust me.

Butternut has a slightly sweet and savory flavor. It tastes the best when roasted and paired with the saltiness of sausage, it’s a good combination. If you’ve never tried butternut squash, this is your chance. You may find that your family loves it, which would be a great way to get more veggies in their diet. And even if they aren’t into it, you can always buy some marinara sauce to throw on top of the shells.

The great thing about this recipe is it only requires 5 ingredients! But I must warn you, this recipe does require a little TLC. It’s not a super quick recipe, but if you put in the patience and time, you will reap the benefits in the end. And to help with the TLC, your kids can help out by stuffing the shells. This is a great recipe to make with the family!

Butternut Squash and Sausage Stuffed Shells

How to Make

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the butternut squash cubes on a baking pan lined with aluminum foil. Drizzle on some olive oil and sprinkle on some salt and pepper. Place in oven and roast the butternut squash for 30 minutes.

While the butternut is roasting, to a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta shells according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking, to a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground sausage until cooked through, about 8-10 minutes and set aside.

Butternut Squash and Sausage Stuffed Shells

Butternut Squash and Sausage Stuffed Shells

Once the pasta is cooked to al dente (soft but maintains shape), drain the pasta water from the shells and place shells on a plate lined with aluminum foil until ready to use. Once the butternut squash has roasted for 30 minutes and softened, set aside to cool slightly. To a large bowl stir together the sausage, ricotta cheese, and ½ of the mozzarella cheese and set aside. Now it’s time to make the butternut mixture. Add the roasted butternut squash, spices, and water to a food processor and pulse until well incorporated.

Next layer the butternut squash mixture to the bottom of a large casserole oven safe dish. You can now begin to stuff the shells with the sausage and cheese mixture, filling each shell generously. Layer the shells on top of the butternut squash mixture. Once all shells are stuffed, layer on the remaining mozzarella cheese on top of the shells. Place into the oven to bake for 20 minutes covered with aluminum foil. After 20 minutes, remove aluminum foil, and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and enjoy!

Butternut Squash and Sausage Stuffed Shells

Like I said, this butternut squash and sausage stuffed shells recipe does take some time to make and a bit of patience. I intentionally shared this recipe with you as a way to create a different type of space in your life. Space where you could bond with your family by doing this recipe together. Space to laugh and joke while everyone chips in. So be sure to save this recipe for a day when you have the time to do this. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.

Also let me know how it came out and if your kids had fun helping. And be sure to share this with a friend today!

Continue to create space and enjoy Fall!

xoxo,

Ashley

Butternut Squash and Sausage Stuffed Shells

Butternut Squash and Sausage Stuffed Shells | Dinner

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword stuffed shells
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Calories 509 kcal
Author Ashley

Ingredients

5 Ingredients

  • 28 oz butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 12 oz jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Seasonings and Oils

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahreinheit. 

  2. Place the butternut squash cubes on a baking pan lined with aluminum foil.

  3. Drizzle on olive oil and sprinkle 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.

  4. Place in oven and roast for 30 minutes.

  5. While the butternut squash is roasting, to a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta shells according to package directions.

  6. While the pasta is cooking, to a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground sausage until cooked through, about 8-10 minutes and set aside.
  7. Once the pasta is cooked to al dente (soft but maintains shape), drain the pasta water from the shells and place shells on a plate lined with aluminum foil until ready to use.

  8. Once the butternut squash has roasted for 30 minutes and softened, set aside to cool slightly.
  9. To a large bowl stir together the sausage, ricotta cheese, and ½ of the mozzarella cheese and set aside.
  10. Now it’s time to make the butternut mixture.
  11. Add the roasted butternut squash, water and remaining salt and pepper to a food processor and pulse until well incorporated.

  12. Next layer the butternut squash mixture to the bottom of a large casserole oven safe dish.
  13. You can now begin to stuff the shells with the sausage and cheese mixture, filling each shell generously.

  14. Layer the shells on top of the butternut squash mixture.
  15. Once all shells are stuffed, layer on the remaining mozzarella cheese on top of the shells.
  16. Place into the oven to bake for 20 minutes covered with aluminum foil. After 20 minutes, remove aluminum foil, and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes.
  17. Remove from oven and enjoy!

Butternut Squash and Sausage Stuffed Shells

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