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Butternut Tofu Stuffed Shells

What you need: 

1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped
16 to 20 large shell shaped pasta (the big ones you can stuff)
1 pound firm tofu, drained
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, or to taste
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 (24 ounce) jar pasta sauce
vegan cheese or nutritional yeast, to taste, optional

What you do: 

1. Steam squash until it is tender. You can also use other winter squashes. They all taste good. While the squash steams, boil the pasta shells per instructions. You will want them more on the "less cooked" side since they will be baked again. Once boiled, drain and rinse with cool water to cool.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once squash in ready, combine the squash, tofu, seasonings, lemon, and nutritional yeast into a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher to break up the squash and tofu. Mix together to incorporate the seasonings into the mixture. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
3. Prepare a 9x11" baking dish by spreading a thin layer of sauce on the bottom. Take each shell and spoon in some filling. I like to stuff mine well and usually have leftover shells. More diligent stuffing should make sure all your shells have some filling in them. Depending on your squash, you might have a little more or less than what I had.
4. Once the shell is stuffed, place in pan and continue until all shells are stuffed. Once done, pour the rest of the pasta sauce on top. You can put some vegan cheese on top or nutritional yeast. I use nutritional yeast.
5. Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until heated though and the top is starting to brown. Enjoy!
Source of recipe: My friend used to make something like this for me when I first started eating more vegan foods. I pimped it out.

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes, Cooking time: 45 minutes
Cooking Time: 
45 minutes
Servings: 
4 to 6

SO HOW'D IT GO?

This was good but it was really, really, really sweet. :-X  I added a large bunch of sauteed turnip greens, which may have added to the sweetness (??) I definitely tasted *mucho* lemon but I absolutely love lemon and wouldn't leave it out for anything. ^-^ I used manicotti and the filling made a perfect amount (14 manicottis).

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This is definitely in my recipe box. thanx  :)>>>

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Oooooh, sounds yummy! I have a butternut squash AND frozen marinara because I made a giant batch. How perfect! Thank you, BP.

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yay! i'm glad you like it.

the seasoning is pretty low - i like to taste the light sweetness of the squash. it is easy, however, to season to taste.

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Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for posting this recipe. This stuff tastes EXACTLY like ricotta-stuffed shells, and I love the addition of the squash. If you want more flavor, add more spice to taste. I think this is going to be a staple in my repertoire! HIGHLY recommended.

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