Vegan Stuffed Shells with Spinach Cream


These Vegan Stuffed Shells filled with Spinach and dairy-free Cream is such a great comfort food, which is plant-based and healthy. It’s incredibly delicious, creamy, flavorful and easy to make. This recipe is also perfect for meal-prep to make ahead.

These Vegan Stuffed Shells with Spinach and plant-based Cream are the ultimate comfort food. Do you sometimes want to try a new dish but you think that it might be too complicated to cook? Well, this recipe is very easy to make and you need only a few simple ingredients. I made this dish with organic wheat pasta shells but you can use gluten-free pasta shells, if you’re a gluten-free eater. I’ve also added fresh steamed spinach, roasted garlic, onions and homemade tomato sauce, so it tastes flavorful and contains vegetables.

The filling for these vegan pasta shells is made of dairy-free cream, fresh steamed spinach and roasted onions + garlic which add tasty flavors. To make it, steam fresh spinach until collapsed, first. Then drain, squeeze with your hands and chop roughly with a knife.

Vegan Stuffed Shells with Spinach Cream


These Vegan Stuffed Shells filled with Spinach and dairy-free Cream is such a great comfort food, which is plant-based and healthy. 

Ingredients

  • 7 oz jumbo pasta shells (gluten-free, if needed) (200 g)

Tomato Sauce* (or sub store-bought marinata sauce):

  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 14 oz tin of tomato passata (400 ml)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano (optional)
  • salt, pepper to taste

Spinach Cream Filling:

  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 15 oz fresh spinach (400 g)
  • 2/3 cup dairy-free cream cheese (or sub cashew-ricotta*)
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • 1 splash of lemon juice

Topping:

  • 3-4 tbsp vegan parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta shells according to the packaging instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside, afterwards.

Tomato Sauce*:

  • Briefly fry onions and garlic in hot oil until glassy and lightly browned. Stir in the tomato paste and tomato passata. Add oregano, salt, pepper and sugar to taste. Cook for about 5 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally. Then fill the tomato sauce in a baking dish, so the buttom is covered.

Spinach Cream Filling:

  • In a large pan, sauté spinach for 3-4 minutes until collapses. Drain water from the spinach using a colander. (You'll be left with about 1 1/2 cups of cooked down spinach.)
  • In the meantime, fry onions and garlic until glassy and lightly browned.
  • Squeeze drained spinach with your hands to remove excess water and chop roughly. Mix with dairy-free cream cheese and fried onions + garlic. Season with salt, pepper and a splash of lemon juice to taste.
  • Spoon the spinach cream mixture into the cooked pasta shells.
  • Place the stuffed shells in the baking dish on top of the tomato sauce. Optionally, sprinkle with vegan parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for approx. 25 minutes at 355°F (180°C).
  • Enjoy! 

Notes

  • Leftovers can be stored covered in the fridge but they’re also ideal for freezing. Spooning some extra tomato sauce on top helps to keep them fresh.
  • If you’re short on time, you can simply use store-bought tomato sauce instead.
  • To make your own vegan cream cheese check out this recipe .

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