A savory, creamy, and indulgent blend of pumpkin, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, and cream cheese whipped together and stuffed into pasta shells, then topped with a garlic and Parmesan sauce. Any type of seasoned ground meat can be added to the cheese mix for meat lovers.


Recipe Summary

35 mins
55 mins
20 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, waxed paper, or aluminum foil. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add shells and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 9 minutes. Drain and set shells aside on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Whip ricotta cheese, pumpkin, cream cheese, shredded Parmesan cheese, sugar, egg, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl using a hand or stand mixer until creamy. Stuff each shell with filling and replace on the baking sheet.

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in flour until golden and thick to make a roux. Add milk slowly, whisking constantly, followed by half-and-half and grated Parmesan cheese. Whisk until sauce thickens, 3 to 4 minutes. Season cheese sauce with salt and pepper.

  • Spread just enough cheese sauce into the bottom of the prepared baking dish to cover. Add stuffed shells and pour remaining sauce over.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until browned, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

632 calories; protein 27.6g; carbohydrates 65g; fat 29.3g; cholesterol 118.3mg; sodium 664.9mg. Full Nutrition