Experience a fusion of flavors with our Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Stuffed Shells recipe. Jumbo pasta shells cradle a delectable mixture of creamy goat cheese, pumpkin, and a hint of nutmeg. Baked to golden perfection, it’s a culinary masterpiece. Join Coldwell Banker Fairbairn Realty in savoring this delightful autumn dish.
- 16 jumbo pasta shells
- 1 small cooking pumpkin (about 2 pounds)
- 8 oz goat cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves, chopped
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Prepare the Pasta Shells:
- Cook the jumbo pasta shells according to the package instructions. Make sure they are cooked al dente. Drain and set aside.
- Prepare the Pumpkin Puree:
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Cut the pumpkin in half, remove the seeds and stringy pulp.
- Place the pumpkin halves on a baking sheet, cut side down. Roast for about 45-50 minutes or until the flesh is tender and easily scoopable.
- Scoop out the flesh and puree it in a blender or food processor until smooth. Set aside.
- Prepare the Filling:
- In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, goat cheese, ground nutmeg, grated Parmesan, chopped sage, salt, and black pepper. Mix until well combined.
- Stuff the Pasta Shells:
- Using a spoon, carefully stuff each pasta shell with the pumpkin and goat cheese mixture. Place the filled shells in a baking dish.
- Preheat the Oven:
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Add Marinara Sauce:
- Pour the marinara sauce over the stuffed shells, ensuring they are well-covered.
- Top with Mozzarella:
- Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the top.
- Bake to Perfection:
- Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Broil for a Golden Finish (optional):
- If you prefer a golden crust, remove the foil and broil for an additional 2-3 minutes, watching closely to prevent burning.
- Serve and Enjoy:
- Carefully remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving. Garnish with additional fresh sage leaves if desired.
- Savor the Culinary Masterpiece:
- Enjoy the harmonious blend of pumpkin and goat cheese in these delectable stuffed shells. Each bite is a burst of fall flavors!
Note: This dish pairs wonderfully with a crisp salad or garlic bread. Adjust the seasonings to suit your taste.
Delight in your culinary masterpiece: Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Stuffed Shells! 🍴🎃
Recipe inspired by HalfBakedHarvest