These vegan stuffed shells are the perfect plant-based comfort food made with simple ingredients. They’re filled with a delicious homemade tofu ricotta, topped with marinara sauce and spoonfuls of pesto!
These shells are a family-favorite, and come together in just a few easy steps.
Tofu ricotta has been a favorite in our house for a while. I based this recipe off of my tofu lasagna rolls, but loved the idea of cooking the spinach prior for added flavor. The pesto on top is totally optional, but I love the flavor it provides!
How to make vegan stuffed shells:
- Boil your pasta– you can use regular or gluten-free shells for this recipe
- Saute your spinach– in the same pot your cooked your pasta in, cook the spinach with a little olive oil, garlic and salt to bring out its flavor
- Make your tofu ricotta– for the tofu ricotta, add the tofu, lemon juice, garlic, salt, nutritional yeast and olive oil to a blender, and blend it until its smooth
- Stuff your shells– once your tofu is made and mixed in with the spinach, begin stuffing your shells with the ricotta mixture
- Layer and bake– layer your shells in a baking dish coated in marinara sauce, then top them off with more sauce and some pesto- you can use store bought or homemade!
Tips & tricks for vegan stuffed shells
Prep the ricotta ahead of time
If you wanted to save time in the kitchen, you can prepare the ricotta mixture up to 3 days in advance. This will save you some dishes (and time!) when you’re ready to make the dish
Freeze your stuffed shells
These shells can be stuffed and frozen for up to 2 months. Cook your pasta, prep the ricotta, stuff the shells, and freeze them in a freezer-safe container without any sauce! They may need a little extra time in the oven when you’re ready to bake them, or can be defrosted the night before.
Use lasagna sheets
If you wanted an easier, but still delicious, approach, you can replace the shells with lasagna sheets. This could be a good option if you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative to the shells.
These vegan stuffed shells are delicious, packed with nutrients, and sure to be a hit with the whole family. Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you try them!
Absolutely loved this recipe and so did the entire family! It’s incredible and a must try!! The tofu ricotta is so creamy!
I’m so happy to hear that!
These were delicious! To accommodate the family, I made one with dairy ricotta and one with the tofu ricotta. I made a homemade pesto using sheep parmesan, olive oil, and pecans (didn’t have pine nuts). Everything turned out great! Will definitely make again.
Thank you, Amy! I’m so happy to hear that. That pesto sounds delicious 🙂