I try to find recipes that aren’t only delicious and healthy, but can feed us for at least two days. And this recipe happens to meet those needs. Butternut squash is a versatile vegetable and it’s even in season right now! It’s always best to try and eat what’s in season. Just like ordering food at a restaurant. You wouldn’t eat tacos at the best burger joint in town, would you? Eating according to what’s in season is better for your body. Here’s a great post on Mind Body Green about the 10 Reasons to Eat What’s in Season.
Now if you’re a fan of pasta, healthy eating and simple recipes like me. I highly recommend this recipe. Plus, it’s husband approved! If you don’t have the extra time to cut the butternut squash. I would suggest buying the pre-packaged cubed squash. Let’s get started, shall we? 🙂
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes | Servings: 4
1 Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed
Half an Onion, sliced
¾ cup Milk
¾ cup Vegetable Broth
1 lb. Turkey, ground
2 cups Spinach
3 cloves Garlic
1 lb. Jumbo Shells, cooked al dente
15 ounces Ricotta
¼ cup Parmesan, shredded
Additional parmesan, shredded
Olive oil or Coconut Oil
Salt & Pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Arrange onion and butternut squash in an even layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil or coconut oil and season with salt & pepper. Roast for 50-60 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook ground turkey over medium heat. When turkey is mostly browned, add the spinach and garlic. Cook until spinach is wilted and remove from heat.
- Place roasted butternut squash and onion in a food processor or blender
- Pulse until a smooth puree forms. Allow to cool. Stir in milk and vegetable broth.
- Pour butternut squash sauce into base of a 9×13 baking dish.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together ricotta, parmesan, and egg.
- Add turkey and spinach into ricotta and stir until evenly distributed.
- Fill cooked pasta shells with 3-4 tablespoons of filling. Arrange shells in butternut squash sauce in the 9×13 baking dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes covered with aluminum foil followed by 15 minutes uncovered. Top with additional parmesan.
- Dig in!