Cashew & Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells
Ingredients for 6 Servings
- 2 cups raw cashews, soaked
- ⅔ cup water
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (approx. 2 lemons)
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- ¾ tsp salt
- 1 bag (16 oz) frozen spinach, thawed
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp dried basil (OPTIONAL)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 8 (½ box) jumbo pasta shells (I used manicotti but pasta shells are easier to source)
- 2 cups favorite marinara sauce
- 1 ¼ cup plant-based shredded mozzarella (I used Violife)
- Fresh basil for garnish
Prepare the jumbo pasta shells according to package instructions and set aside.
To prepare the cashew ricotta, start by soaking the cashews in room temperature water overnight or in hot water for one hour. Drain the cashews and add them to a high-speed blender along with the remaining ingredients. Blend until it reaches a smooth consistency, scraping down the edges as needed.
Transfer the cashew ricotta to a large bowl along with the oregano, basil*, garlic powder, olive oil, and black pepper.
Place the defrosted spinach in a colander and press out as much liquid as possible. Add the spinach to the bowl with the cashew ricotta ingredients and mix to combine. Adjust for seasoning.
Preheat the oven to 375F and set aside a 9×13’’ baking dish. Pour half of the marinara sauce into the baking dish, smoothing out in an even layer.
Scoop the cashew spinach filling (roughly two tablespoons) into each cooked shell and arrange in the baking dish. Pour over the remaining sauce and top with the mozzarella cheese.
Cover with tin foil and place in the oven to bake for 35-40 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the tin foil to let the cheese brown.
This is a cast-iron skillet in the shape of NY by the way!
Top with fresh basil or parsley and enjoy with a nice salad or steamed vegetables for a full meal!
Store any extras in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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