I have been staring at these stuffed shells for literally hours (with lots and lots of little distractions thrown in there) and have come up with no suitable words. It’s interesting because a blog friend of mine recently sent me the link to a super long forum post titled something like “Why do all food blogs suck!?”.
One of the complaints that people had, apparently, is that they hate all the meaningless rambling that bloggers often do before finally getting to the recipe. Guilty. They also complained that bloggers put too many photos in one post and they’re often the exact same picture just at slightly different angles. Guilty of that too.
I started my blog originally as a personal journal and never could have imagined that it would morph into this food and photography obsession that it has. So, I’ll just keep on doing me: sharing my random life stories and taking too many pictures.
These Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash Sauce are one of the BEST things I’ve made in a while. I’ve made stuffed shells like this for a long time so it’s something that I’m rather comfortable with. I thought I would switch it up a little bit and try it out with the Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce that I posted recently.
I recommend making the sauce ahead of time. Like, the day before preferably just to make the whole process really smooth.
The pasta cooks while the sausage is fried.
While those cool off a bit, the cheese mixture is prepared by combining the cheeses and the spices and eventually the egg.
Next the sausage is mixed in.
The shells themselves are prepared by first pouring 2/3 of the butternut squash sauce into the baking tray. If you have one big tray, that will work but I used 2 medium trays so that the shells weren’t all squished together and they’d look a little prettier :)
Next the shells are arranged on top of the sauce and they’re filled with the cheesy sausage mixture like sooooo:
Just bake from for about 35-40 minutes and ENJOYYYY!
Ya know what else is really great about this dish!??? It freezes SUPER well. Just put a few of the shells and a little sauce in a tupperware container and freeze it. Now you’ve got a ready made microwave meal. Easy!
Recipe for the Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce HERE.