Quick & Easy Vegan Butternut Squash & Spinach Stuffed Shells

Aug 19, 2020| By JOI team


Aug 19, 2020| By JOI team

Quick & Easy Vegan Butternut Squash & Spinach Stuffed Shells

Cashew-Base | Dairy-Free | Dinner | Gluten-Free | Keto | Lunch | Recipe | Sugar-Free | Vegan | Vegetarian | 

Comfort food starts calling my name around this time of year. The transition from Summer to Fall is bittersweet, but as all of the gorgeous Fall produce starts to roll in, it is definitely exciting! These creamy butternut squash and spinach stuffed shells are an excellent weeknight dinner the whole family can enjoy!

Quick & Easy Vegan Butternut Squash & Spinach Stuffed Shells | Made with JOI

Jumbo pasta shells stuffed with creamy goodness. Does it get much better? The creamed spinach is mixed with garlic and sage, topped with a spoonful of JOI. The smell of that sage and garlic wafting through the kitchen is enough to make anyone excited for Fall. 

Quick & Easy Vegan Butternut Squash & Spinach Stuffed Shells | Made with JOI

Add to it a creamy mash of butternut squash and we’ve got a magical dinner waiting to happen. Make this part easy on yourself and grab a steamable bag of butternut squash. Mash the steamed squash with garlic, JOI, and salt. It makes the perfect “cheese” alternative to stuffing those shells. 

All of those creamy shells are nestled into a baking dish and cooked for about 15 minutes in the oven just until all of the squash and spinach mixture is bubbly and delicious! 

Quick & Easy Vegan Butternut Squash & Spinach Stuffed Shells | Made with JOI


1 bag of steamable butternut squash
4 cups spinach
2 tablespoons garlic powder, divided
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp Chicken-less Vegan Seasoning Salt
15 jumbo pasta shells (can be gluten-free)
2 tablespoons JOI Cashew base
3 sage leaves  


  1. Steam the squash according to the package.
  2.  Mash and mix with 1 Tablespoon of JOI, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, and 1 tsp salt. Set aside
  3. On a skillet over medium high, start to wilt your spinach.
  4. In a small bowl whisk 1 tablespoon of JOI, 1 tablespoon of water, 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, and pepper. 
  5. Finely chop the sage and sprinkle in the spinach
  6. Pour the JOI mixture over the spinach and let the spinach completely cook down. 
  7. Meanwhile, boil your pasta shells according to the package and let them cool.
  8. Fill each shell with a spoonful of squash and top with a spoonful of spinach. 
  9. Arrange the shells in the baking dish and bake at 350 for 15 minutes 
Craving more pasta dishes? We got you. Checkout all of all of our vegan & dairy free pasta recipes for lunch or dinner
Quick & Easy Vegan Butternut Squash & Spinach Stuffed Shells | Made with JOI

Leave a comment

Related Posts

A Dietitian’s Guide To Eating More Sustainably 

Are you trying to do better for the planet? Lea...

Healthy Eating For Busy People: 10 Tips To Eat Well With Little Time

Are you struggling to eat well because of your busy schedule?  There’s a big misconception that healthy eating requires a lot of time and work, but this is far from the truth. JOI’s in-house registered dietitian has 10 tips to help you eat a healthy diet with little time. 

4 Things That Set JOI Nutbase Apart from Nut Butters—And Make for a Better Nut Milk

Let’s take a look at four things that set JOI nutbases apart from nut butters—and why JOI is better to make, better to drink, and better for you.

Comparing Almond Milk: JOI Almond Nutbase Vs. Grocery Store Brands

You’ve decided to make the switch to plant milk. Whether better health is the goal, the traditional stuff doesn’t really get along with your body, or you just like the taste, it probably hasn’t taken you long to figure out you’ve got a lot more decisions ahead of you to find your plant milk. JOI is here to make that decision a bit easier for you. 

Check Out Our Products

Instant Organic Oat Milk


Almond Milk Base


Cashew Milk Base


Hazelnut Creamer Milk Base