Prep Time20minutes mins

Cook Time40minutes mins

Total Time1hour hr

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: American, Italian

Diet: Vegan

Servings: 6 servings

Calories: 335kcal

Author: Toni Okamoto


  • 9×13 Baking Dish or Pan
  • Large Pot
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Food Processor
  • Measuring spoons
  • My favorite knives
  • Measuring Cups


  • 1 (12-ounce) package of jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 (16-ounce) block of extra-firm tofu pressed
  • 1 medium yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup of packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • ¾ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of red chili pepper flakes optional
  • 2 Tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • Juice of 1 of a medium lemon
  • 1 cup of packed spinach leaves
  • 1 (25-ounce) jar of flavorful marinara sauce (or 1 batch of the recipe on page 228), divided
  • ½ cup of vegan cheese shreds optional
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish optional


  • In a large pot of boiling water, cook the jumbo pasta shells according to the prebake cooking directions on the package. Then drain, rinse with cold water to prevent sticking, and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in the bowl of a food processor, combine the tofu, onion, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, black pepper, red chili pepper flakes (if using), nutritional yeast, and lemon juice. Pulse 15 times or until partially mixed. Add the spinach and pulse just a few more times until combined. The resulting texture should be ricotta­like. Do not overpulse or your ricotta will turn green!
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Pour half of the marinara sauce into a 9 × 13 ­inch baking dish, spreading to evenly coat the bottom of the dish.
  • One by one, fill each cooked shell with a generous spoonful of the tofu ricotta filling and place in the prepared baking dish. Continue until the tofu mixture is gone and the baking dish is filled. Sprinkle the vegan cheese (if using) on top.
  • Drizzle the remaining marinara sauce over the stuffed shells. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes or until the vegan cheese (if using) is melted and the edges of the shells are lightly browned. Garnish with the basil leaves (if using). Serve immediately and enjoy hot.


  • Families and large groups. These stuffed spinach shells are a perfect recipe to make for a family dinner and are easy to make to feed a larger group.
  • Don’t overcook the pasta. As a matter of fact, it’s a good idea to even undercook them a bit. 
  • If the pasta shells are dry, add one cup of pasta water to the cooked shells.


Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 1486mg | Potassium: 727mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1071IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 4mg