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Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells

Written by COA Nutrition Team On March 13, 2018

These Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells are a filling, nutrient-rich, vegetarian dinner option. They’re full of protein and vegetables. With a creamy and delicious filling, kids will be asking for seconds!


  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 12 ounce package of jumbo shells


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Cook sweet potatoes in the oven for 50-60 minutes or place in the microwave for 8-10 minutes. Scrape the sweet potato into a bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. Let it cool to warm room temperature.
  3. Cook the jumbo pasta shells according to package directions and drain.
  4. Finely chop spinach. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, Parmesan, garlic, spinach, egg, salt and pepper and fresh lemon zest. Stir well.
  5. Stuff the cooked pasta shells with the sweet potato/ricotta mixture and place them in a lightly greased 9X13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle Parmesan, if you like.
  6. Bake the shells for 18-20 minutes, until they are hot all the way through.
  7. Serve with our healthy marinara sauce.

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