Butternut Squash and Kale Stuffed Shells

Lesley Baradel

Butternut Squash and Kale Stuffed Shells

This is a versatile pasta dish and could easily have chopped walnuts or crumbled bacon added to the filling for extra flavor and crunch. Also, frozen winter squash, which is usually already pureed could be used in place of the butternut squash to skip those steps.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 people
Calories 302 kcal


  • 1 large butternut squash enough to equal about 3 cups pureed
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion diced, about 1 cup
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 10 ounces frozen chopped kale thawed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 box jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp fresh sage chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cut butternut squash in half and scoop out seeds. Place on a pan flesh side up and roast until fork tender, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool
  • Meanwhile, put olive oil in a medium size pan and heat on medium high. Add garlic and onion and saute until onion begins to turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Add kale, salt and pepper and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until kale begins to wilt and softens. Set aside.
  • Cook shells in a large pot of boiling water until al dente, about 9 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Once butternut squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out flesh into a blender or food processor. Add the eggs and puree.
  • In a large bowl, combine the onion kale mixture, squash puree, Greek yogurt, Parmesan cheese and sage. Mix well.
  • Lightly grease a 9x17 baking dish and a 8x8 baking dish. Spoon the mixture into each shell, being careful not to overstuff. Place in the dish and line them up in rows until both dishes are filled with stuffed shells.
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted.


Simplify It: Frozen butternut squash is often already pureed. Use it in place of the fresh in the recipe to make the preparation faster. 


Calories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 19gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 381mgFiber: 8gSugar: 4g
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Lesley Baradel

We (Lesley and Ann) first met years ago while training for Ironman Wisconsin. Our paths crossed again at Georgia State University while studying to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Over the years, our paths kept crossing and we soon discovered that we shared a love for menu planning. This blossomed into My Menu Pal where we help the food industry up their nutrition game to become their customer's nutrition hero.
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