Cheesy Pumpkin and Spicy Sausage Stuffed Shells

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    Filled with spicy sausage, broccolini, and a cheesy pumpkin sauce, this pumpkin stuffed shells recipe is the ultimate Fall comfort food!

    Cheesy Pumpkin Stuffed Shells

    It is officially pumpkin season and comfort food season!

    These pumpkin stuffed shells is the perfect recipe to kick off pumpkin season.

    We usually associate pumpkin with sweet treats but for the past several years, I have been on a savory pumpkin mission.

    I have been determined to show everyone that pumpkin does not have to always be in baked goods.

    Pumpkin in savory goods is even better!

    It gives the savory dish a creamy and silky texture and it has just enough subtle pumpkin flavor that it doesn’t overpower the entire dish so you can have other ingredients that get along well with pumpkin.

    Filled with spicy sausage, broccolini, and a cheesy pumpkin sauce, this pumpkin stuffed shells recipe is the ultimate Fall comfort food!

    Comfort food means time to use all the Cabot Creamery Co-Operative cheeses!

    Cabot cheeses are my FAVORITE to use in all the cheesy, comfort dishes that you turn to in the cooler months.

    One thing to note about Cabot Cheddars, that is not common knowledge to many is that they are 100% naturally lactose-free!

    I swear every time I post about this tidbit on social media, my DM’s blow up with people being blown away by this because there are so many lactose-intolerant people out there that just want to eat all the cheese!!

    Now you can! Go grab some Cabot Cheddars ;) especially enough to make this recipe with!

    Additionally, Cabot is a co-operative owned by farm families throughout New England & New York and 100% of profits go back to the farmer owners. Love!

    Filled with spicy sausage, broccolini, and a cheesy pumpkin sauce, this pumpkin stuffed shells recipe is the ultimate Fall comfort food!

    Tips on making this pumpkin stuffed shells recipe

    • Have all your ingredients prepped and ready so you can stuff the shells easily!
    • Don’t let the block of cheese sit out at room temperature; it is much easier to shred it when it’s straight out of the fridge!
    • Make sure you buy pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling.

    How to easily stuff shells

    Don’t cook the shells all the way through. You want them still slightly uncooked so they stay firm as you stuff them otherwise you’re going to have a heck of a time stuffing floppy pasta shells!

    Also, they’ll be hot when they come out of the boiling water so have a bowl of ice and water to immediately put the shells into.

    This will also help stop the cooking process.

    Filled with spicy sausage, broccolini, and a cheesy pumpkin sauce, this pumpkin stuffed shells recipe is the ultimate Fall comfort food!

    Can I use another type of sausage?

    You can, but make sure it’s fresh sausage vs. cooked.

    Instead of making a pumpkin stuffed shells recipe, can this be a regular pasta dish?

    Definitely! Using medium shells or another similar pasta shape would be great to make this into kind of a mac ‘n cheese version of this pumpkin stuffed shells recipe!

    Filled with spicy sausage, broccolini, and a cheesy pumpkin sauce, this pumpkin stuffed shells recipe is the ultimate Fall comfort food!

    What other cheeses can I use?

    I highly recommend Cabot Cheddars; they have so many varieties that I’m positive you’ll find one you love!

    Can I use another vegetable?

    Yes, frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained) would be a great alternative to broccolini in this.

    Filled with spicy sausage, broccolini, and a cheesy pumpkin sauce, this pumpkin stuffed shells recipe is the ultimate Fall comfort food!

    Other stuffed shells recipes:

    Spinach and tuna stuffed shells pasta casserole

    Make-ahead stuffed shells with Cabot white cheddar

    Philly cheesesteak stuffed shells

    Filled with spicy sausage, broccolini, and a cheesy pumpkin sauce, this pumpkin stuffed shells recipe is the ultimate Fall comfort food!

    Here is what the casserole looks like before you load on Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar!

    Filled with spicy sausage, broccolini, and a cheesy pumpkin sauce, this pumpkin stuffed shells recipe is the ultimate Fall comfort food!

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    Cheesy Pumpkin and Spicy Sausage Stuffed Shells

    The ultimate Fall comfort dish made with a deliciously cheesy pumpkin sauce and stuffed shells that are filled with all the flavors of Fall!
    Prep Time: 1 hr
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
    Course: Dinner
    Cuisine: American
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
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    Ingredients

    • 12 ounces jumbo pasta shells
    • 1 pound fresh spicy sausage, casing removed
    • 1 cup chopped broccolini

    For the cheesy sauce

    • 16 ounces pumpkin puree
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 cup Cabot Mac 'n Cheese shredded cheese, plus more for topping
    • 1/2 cup freshly shredded Cabot Seriously Sharp cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
    • 4 sage leaves, roughly chopped
    • Salt and pepper, to taste

    Instructions

    • Have a 9x13-inch oven-safe casserole dish ready.
    • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta shells for 7 minutes. While the pasta shells are cooking, put ice and water in a large bowl and set aside. When the pasta is done cooking, drain and put the pasta into the cold ice water and set aside for later.
    • To make the sauce, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat then add the sausage. Brown and break up the sausage into smaller pieces. Add the broccolini and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet and place in a bowl to cool, set aside.
    • In the same skillet, over medium-low heat, add pumpkin puree, water, ricotta, and nutmeg. Stir to incorporate. Once the mixture is bubbly, reduce heat to medium-low then ad the Cabot Mac 'n Cheese shredded cheese, the Cabot Seriously Sharp cheddar, sage, salt, and pepper.
    • Continuing stirring until cheese is blended and melted into the mixture. Remove from heat.
    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Pour about 1/2 cup of the sauce into the bottom of the casserole dish. Set aside next to you as you assemble the stuffed shells.
    • Reserve 1/4 cup of the sauce. Pour the rest of the sauce into the bowl of sausage and broccolini and stir to incorporate.
    • To assemble the pasta shells: remove the pasta shell from the ice water, gently shake off the liquid then using a spoon, stuff the sausage filling into the shell and place into the casserole dish. Repeat until all stuffing is gone.
    • Pour remaining sauce roughly over shells then sprinkle additional cheese on top.
    • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until mixture is bubbly and cheese is melted. You can stick the dish under the broiler to get it more brown and crispy, if desired. Just watch it carefully!
    • Serve warm and enjoy!
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  • Cory says:

    Dear lord…this looks amazing! Will be making if it ever cools down here in southern CA.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Yay! You’ll love it.

  • JenJ says:

    *insert Homer drooling GIF* LOL! Definitely going to try this!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Haha! Thank you!

  • Joyce says:

    This looks like a great recipe. Love stuffed shells. And, amen on the no pumpkin in August! 🙏

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Thank you!!

  • Nora says:

    I made this tonight and it was delicious! As you mentioned in the post, the pumpkin is not at all over powering but just gives the dish a really interesting flavor. I always enjoy the recipes of yours I make, so even though I was initially skeptical (I’ve never combined pumpkin and cheese!), I knew it would turn out yummy. Thanks for a great fall recipe!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Love hearing this!!!

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