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Vegan Pumpkin Ricotta

Vegan ricotta stuffed shells with creamy pumpkin sauce is my favorite flavor-packed fall dish! Comforting and decadent yet healthy, the creamy spinach almond ricotta stuffed pasta shells pair beautifully with the sweet and delicious pumpkin sauce. Bon appetit!

Photo and recipe by Alexa Soto

Recipe makes 4 servings of vegan ricotta



  • 25 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 (14 oz) package of firm tofu
  • 1 c raw almonds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 c chopped spinach
  • 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk

Pumpkin Sauce

  • 1 small sugar pie pumpkin
  • 1/4 c raw cashews
  • 1 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 c filtered watered
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain and set aside.
  3. Cut the pumpkin in half, de-seed and carefully cut skin off. Cut into chunks, place the pumpkin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 25 minutes.


  1. Meanwhile, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Place your raw almonds into the boiling water. Let boil for 2 minutes.
  2. Drain the almonds immediately in a colander or strainer and rinse them with cold water to cool them. Blot the almonds dry with a paper towel.
  3. Use your fingers to gently squeeze the almonds and loosen the skin from them. Set skinless almonds in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Remove tofu from package and wrap in a clean kitchen towel or paper towel and squeeze for 20 seconds to allow for excess water to strain.
  5. In a food processor or high speed blender combine tofu, blanched almonds, nutritional yeast, unsweetened almond milk, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Blend for 1-2 minutes or until there is no chunks. Mixture will look lumpy and that is okay! Add more almond milk if needed.
  6. In a small pan, cook chopped spinach with 1 Tbsp of water for 1 minute or until spinach is wilted down.
  7. Once ricotta mixture is made and spinach is ready, combine the two in a medium size bowl and mix well. Taste mixture and add any extra salt or seasonings if needed.

Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

  1. Once pumpkin is baked, combine all sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid if needed and adjust seasonings to your liking.


  1. Pour half of the creamy pumpkin sauce on the bottom of a baking dish, spreading sauce evenly.
  2. Add a spoonful of ricotta spinach mixture and into the cooked pasta shells. Be generous with the filling and then place the stuffed shells in the baking dish.
  3. Lower the heat of the oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Once all shells are stuffed, place into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Serve shells right out of the oven and pour extra sauce on top of each shell. Finish off with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, fresh herbs, and chili flakes. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes & Variations

  • If you donโ€™t have pumpkins on hand, you can swap it out for favorite fall squash like kabocha, butternut, or acorn.
  • Try garnishing with your vegan ricotta stuffed shells toasted pumpkin seeds or a sprinkle of nutmeg!

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