These vegetarian stuffed shells are filled with creamy ricotta cheese, savory cremini mushrooms, and Swiss chard. Yum!
It's always good to try to improve and be a better person and whatnot, but I think when you reach your 30s, you start to give up on that a little bit and accept that in some areas, you're just always going to fall short.
And that's okay! Sometimes giving up is liberating. Like on a Saturday, when you're like, "I'm not going out today; I'm wearing sweatpants!" Those are the best days, aren't they?
So now, instead of intending to be better about the whole Christmas thing every year and then failing, I'm okay with admitting that I am the worst at prepping for Christmas.
There, I said it! I forget to send holiday cards, I go shopping at the last minute, and I plan my menu like two hours before guests arrive. I do have a pine-scented candle that I like to light, though. It smells like the holidays all up in here!
So I'm going to admit to you now, December is not going to be all holiday recipes all the time on my blog. But this Mushroom and Chard Stuffed Shells recipe is kind of a holiday recipe. My family usually has stuffed shells for Christmas. So there you go!
About these Vegetarian Stuffed Shells
Vegetarian stuffed shells are usually stuffed with either cheese alone or cheese and spinach, but I thought Swiss chard, mushrooms, and ricotta cheese would be a good way to switch things up. And it was!
Adding veggies makes the cheese filling feel a bit less rich and mushrooms make everything delicious. While these make a great vegetarian option for holiday meals, they're still perfect for a weeknight dinner too. And bonus: they freeze well!
And if you're looking for a vegan friendly main dish, don't miss these butternut squash stuffed shells as well. Yummmmy.
More Tasty Recipes
If you love these vegetarian stuffed shells, be sure to check out these other delicious recipes:
- Vegan Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Dairy Free Ricotta
- Three Cheese Stuffed Shells
- Homemade Ravioli with Tofu and Spinach
While you're here don't forget to check out our new Vegan Christmas Cookbook. It's packed with all my favorite tried and true recipes for a plant based holiday feast!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 8 ounces cremini mushrooms sliced
- 1 bunch Swiss chard about 8 ounces, stems discarded and leaves coarsely chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- 15 oz ricotta cheese
- ½ cup parmesan cheese shredded
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 1 ½ cups marinara sauce divided, store bought or homemade
- 16 jumbo pasta shells cooked according to package directions
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook for about 4 minutes, until softened and lightly browned. Stir in the chard and heat until wilted, 1-2 minutes more. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Use a slotted spoon to transfer the mushrooms and chard to a large bowl; discard any leftover liquid. Stir in the ricotta, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Taste the filling and add more salt and pepper if desired, then fold in the egg.
- Spread ¾ cup of marinara sauce on the bottom of a medium baking dish that's been sprayed with an oil mister (or cooking spray if you don't have a mister). Fill the pasta shells with the ricotta mixture and place them in the baking dish. Once all the shells are filled, spoon the remaining marinara sauce over the top, then sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.
- Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes; remove the foil and bake for 15 minutes more, or until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling. Let the shells sit for 5 minutes before serving.