Pumpkin, spinach & ricotta stuffed pasta shells with sage butter

Pumpkin, spinach & ricotta stuffed pasta shells with sage butter

18 September 2023

Embrace the versatility of pumpkins beyond Halloween with this delightful recipe. Transform your autumn pumpkins into a mouthwatering pasta dish, elevated with a luscious drizzle of sage butter. Perfect for cozying up on those dark, chilly nights! Discover our recipe below.
  • Pumpkin
  • Recipes
  • Winter warmers





Cooking Time

120 min


15 jumbo pasta shells (Cook 2-3 extra in case of breakages)

1–1/2 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp fresh garlic (minced)

Handful fresh spinach leaves (roughly chopped)

1/2 pack ricotta cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)

1 egg

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper

1–1/4 cups marinara sauce

1 small pumpkin

Few sage stems

3 tbsp butter


1Clean out the pumpkin and slice into 4/8 pieces. Drizzle with olive oil and place on a baking tray

2 Bake at 180C for 25/30 min until it has softened

3 Whilst the pumpkin is baking, cook the pasta al dente according to packet directions. Drain and set aside

4 In a mixing bowl, stir together the chopped spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, and salt and pepper until thoroughly combined. Add the softened pumpkin and mix well

5 Pour 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce into the bottom of an ovenproof Circulon SteelShield Saute Pan

6 Stuff each pasta shell with a generous amount of the pumpkin, spinach and ricotta mixture, and place in the pan

7 Cover with the remaining sauce and bake covered with aluminum foil for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until the top begins to brown and the sauce begins the bubble, another 10-15 minutes

8 In a small saucepan melt butter, add sage and let it bubble for a few minutes

9 Serve over the pasta shells with some extra Parmesan. Enjoy!

Indulge in the comforting flavors of this pumpkin pasta dish, made with love and creativity. The combination of tender pumpkin, creamy ricotta, and aromatic sage butter creates a harmonious blend that will satisfy your taste buds. Whether enjoyed on a cozy evening or shared with friends and family, this recipe is sure to bring warmth and joy to your table. So go ahead, savor every bite and relish in the delightful taste of autumn.

The perfect way to use up leftover Halloween pumpkins!