These Vegan Stuffed Shells are so easy to make and something the whole family will love. Jumbo gluten-free pasta shells stuffed with creamy tofu ricotta and covered with delicious homemade marinara sauce. It’s healthy, oil-free, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
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What’s not to love about this dish? You’ve got comforting carbs, a cheesy ricotta filling, and it’s all topped off with a delicious homemade marinara sauce. The most powerful food trifecta on the planet. Let’s get this carb party started!
Ingredients For Vegan Stuffed Shells
- Jumbo Pasta Shells: I couldn’t find whole-wheat so I decided to go with this gluten-free shell pasta and it worked great.
- Vegan Ricotta: Tofu ricotta is super easy to make. You can prepare it in advance and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. It’s good for up to 3-4 days.
- Marinara: This marinara recipe is so simple and ready to eat in less than 10 minutes. You can use storebought just make sure it’s oil-free. However, homemade is always better.
- Toppings: Vegan Parmesan is the perfect topping for this delicious dish. Give it a good sprinkle before serving.
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How To Make Vegan Stuffed Shells
First things first – choose your pasta. I could not find whole wheat jumbo pasta shells. So, I had to use just regular shells.
However, I did find these gluten-free brown rice jumbo shells and that’s huge for those who typically have to avoid pasta dishes.
- Pasta: Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
- Tofu Ricotta: Prepare the vegan tofu ricotta while the pasta cooks and evenly spread 1 ½ cups of the marinara sauce on the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish or 9×13 baking dish (affiliate link).
- Stuff The Shells: Once the pasta has finished cooking drain it and fill each shell with 1-2 heaping tablespoons of the vegan ricotta and place in the baking dish. Continue filling the shells until you have used all the tofu ricotta. FYI, I was able to get 5 rows of 3 in an 8×8 baking dish.
- Bake: Pour the remaining marinara sauce over the shells and bake uncovered for 25 minutes until the sauce is bubbling. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with vegan parmesan, and serve.
And, just like that, a delicious, healthy, vegan, restaurant-style Italian meal even the kids are going to swoon over!
Vegan Stuffed Shells FAQ
How Long Will Vegan Stuffed Shells Last?
Vegan Stuffed Shells can be kept in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container.
To reheat, place the shells in an oven-safe dish and warm in a 325˚F oven for 10-15 minutes. Once they are ready simply remove and serve.
Can I Freeze Vegan Stuffed Shells?
Yes! Prepare the stuffed shells according to the directions but don’t cook them. Then, store in a freezer-safe dish and cover with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. You can store this in the freezer for up to 4 months.
When you’re ready to enjoy simply bake the vegan stuffed shells according to the recipe instructions but add an extra 10-15 minutes. Keep in mind every appliance is different so always keep an eye on it as it cooks.
Can I Make Vegan Stuffed Shells Ahead Of Time?
Yes, absolutely! This recipe can be prepared the day before. Follow all the instructions up until baking, cover, and place in the fridge. Follow regular cooking directions when you’re ready to bake.
What Are Good Side Dishes For Stuffed Shells?
- Easy 5-Ingredient Whole Wheat Beer Bread
- Oven Roasted Asparagus with Tahini Sauce
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Apple Walnut Salad
More Healthy Pasta Dishes
- Vegan Minestrone
- The BEST Vegan Bolognese
- Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato & Kale Pasta
- Vegan Lasagna Rolls
- Sweet Chili Garlic Instant Pot Noodles
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This recipe is great when you’re entertaining and need something everyone is sure to love. It’s also great as a holiday meal especially on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Also, here are a few of my favorite things: My list of 20 Kitchen Must Haves For Healthy Vegan Oil Free Cooking.
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- 1 box of gluten-free jumbo shell pasta or jumbo shell pasta of choice
- Shane & Simple Vegan Tofu Ricotta
- 3 cups Shane & Simple Vegan Marinara
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees ˚F.
- Cook the pasta shells according to the package instructions.
- Make the tofu ricotta and set aside.
- Spread 1 ½ cups of marinara sauce evenly on the bottom of either a 9×13 baking dish or 8×8 baking dish.
- Fill each pasta shell with 1-2 heaping tablespoon of the tofu ricotta. Place the shells open side up in the baking dish and continue until you’ve used all the ricotta filling.
- Pour the remaining suace over the shells and bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling.
- Remove and serve immediately with my Plant-based Parmesan sprinkled on top (optional)
- Prep Time: 15 mins.
- Cook Time: 40 mins.
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Vegan, Italian
- Diet: Vegan
- Serving Size: 3 shells
- Calories: 143
- Sugar: 3.4 g
- Sodium: 425.3 mg
- Fat: 3.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 20.7 g
- Fiber: 3.9 g
- Protein: 9.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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