Gut Health:
Plant-based diets are often associated with improved gut health due to the high fiber content from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A healthy gut microbiome is linked to better digestion and overall well-being.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties:
Many plant-based foods have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help in reducing inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is associated with various health issues, and a vegan diet may contribute to its prevention.

Sports Performance:
Contrary to the misconception that vegan diets lack protein, many successful athletes follow plant-based diets to enhance their performance. Plant-based proteins can support muscle building and recovery.

Reduced Risk of Foodborne Illnesses:
Plant-based diets eliminate the risk of foodborne illnesses associated with the consumption of undercooked or contaminated animal products.

Economic Impact:
A vegan diet can be more economical as plant-based protein sources tend to be cost-effective compared to some animal products. It may be a budget-friendly option for individuals or families.

Mindful Eating:
Adopting a vegan lifestyle often promotes mindful eating. Being more conscious of food choices and sources can lead to a healthier relationship with food and a greater appreciation for the environmental impact of dietary decisions.

Preservation of Biodiversity:
The expansion of animal agriculture often leads to habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity. Choosing a vegan diet supports the preservation of ecosystems and the protection of various species.

Culinary Diversity:
Veganism introduces individuals to a diverse range of cuisines and ingredients from around the world. Exploring plant-based cooking can be a culinary adventure, embracing flavors and techniques from different cultures.

Reduced Antibiotic Resistance:
The use of antibiotics in animal farming contributes to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Opting for a vegan diet can be a way to reduce the demand for such practices and promote responsible antibiotic use.

Cruelty-Free Beauty and Personal Care:
Veganism extends to beauty and personal care products. Choosing cruelty-free, vegan alternatives ensures that your lifestyle aligns with ethical choices beyond just dietary preferences.

Introducing our Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin, a delightful and innovative twist on the classic stuffed shells recipe. This plant-based dish not only caters to those following a vegan lifestyle but also tantalizes the taste buds with a rich blend of flavors, showcasing the versatility of plant-powered ingredients.

At the heart of this recipe is a velvety vegan ricotta filling, meticulously crafted to replicate the creamy texture of traditional ricotta without the use of any animal products. Made from a combination of cashews, tofu, and nutritional yeast, this dairy-free ricotta boasts a smooth consistency and a subtle nutty undertone that pairs perfectly with the sweet and earthy notes of pumpkin.

The star of the show, however, is the inclusion of pumpkin puree in the ricotta filling. The addition of this seasonal squash not only infuses the dish with a warm, autumnal essence but also lends a natural sweetness that complements the savory elements of the vegan ricotta. The result is a filling that is not only rich and satisfying but also exudes a comforting and homey feel, making it an ideal choice for fall gatherings and holiday feasts.

Our Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin are as visually appealing as they are delicious. The jumbo pasta shells, cradling the golden-hued filling, are baked to perfection, creating a stunning presentation that is sure to impress even the most discerning palate. The melding of flavors and textures in each bite – the tender pasta, the creamy ricotta, and the subtle sweetness of pumpkin – promises a culinary experience that transcends the boundaries of traditional vegan cuisine.

This recipe is a celebration of seasonal produce and the creativity that can blossom in plant-based cooking. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or simply looking to incorporate more plant-based options into your diet, these Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin offer a delightful journey into the world of cruelty-free, wholesome, and utterly delicious dining. Get ready to savor the warmth and richness of autumn with each forkful of this enticing dish that proves plant-based eating can be both indulgent and nourishing.

Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin

Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce is my favorite flavor-packed fall dish! Comforting and decadent yet healthy, the creamy spinach almond ricotta stuffed pasta shells pair beautifully with the sweet and delicious pumpkin sauce. Bon appetit!



  • 25 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 (14 oz) package of firm tofu
  • 1 c raw almonds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 c chopped spinach
  • 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk

Pumpkin Sauce

  • 1 small sugar pie pumpkin
  • 1/4 c raw cashews
  • 1 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 c filtered watered
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain and set aside.
  3. Cut the pumpkin in half, de-seed and carefully cut skin off. Cut into chunks, place the pumpkin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 25 minutes.


  1. Meanwhile, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Place your raw almonds into the boiling water. Let boil for 2 minutes.
  2. Drain the almonds immediately in a colander or strainer and rinse them with cold water to cool them. Blot the almonds dry with a paper towel.
  3. Use your fingers to gently squeeze the almonds and loosen the skin from them. Set skinless almonds in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Remove tofu from package and wrap in a clean kitchen towel or paper towel and squeeze for 20 seconds to allow for excess water to strain.
  5. In a food processor or high speed blender combine tofu, blanched almonds, nutritional yeast, unsweetened almond milk, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Blend for 1-2 minutes or until there is no chunks. Mixture will look lumpy and that is okay! Add more almond milk if needed.
  6. In a small pan, cook chopped spinach with 1 Tbsp of water for 1 minute or until spinach is wilted down.
  7. Once ricotta mixture is made and spinach is ready, combine the two in a medium size bowl and mix well. Taste mixture and add any extra salt or seasonings if needed.

Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

  1. Once pumpkin is baked, combine all sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid if needed and adjust seasonings to your liking.


  1. Pour half of the creamy pumpkin sauce on the bottom of a baking dish, spreading sauce evenly.
  2. Add a spoonful of ricotta spinach mixture and into the cooked pasta shells. Be generous with the filling and then place the stuffed shells in the baking dish.
  3. Lower the heat of the oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Once all shells are stuffed, place into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Serve shells right out of the oven and pour extra sauce on top of each shell. Finish off with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, fresh herbs, and chili flakes. Enjoy!