There’s possibly nothing more comforting than a pasta bake.
And we’ve decided to make it even more healthy and delicious.
Let’s make Butternut Squash Stuffed Pasta Bake!
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan.
Add the 2 cups diced butternut squash and 1 teaspoon salt, and sauté for a few minutes.
Then add 3 cloves minced garlic, 1 pound ground turkey, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoons red pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon black pepper, and stir until meat is fully cooked.
Add in 2 cups spinach and salt until the spinach is wilted.
In a large bowl, add 15 ounces ricotta, 1 egg, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well.
Add the cooked squash mixture into the bowl. Mix until evenly blended.
Cook a box of jumbo shell pasta al dente. Set aside in a bowl covered in olive oil to prevent sticking.
Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a medium pan. Once melted, add in 2 tablespoons flour.
Cook the flour until it turns light brown.
Add 1 cup milk to the pan and stir continuously until the sauce thickens.
Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
In a casserole dish, sheet the sauce on the bottom.
Stuff each jumbo shell pasta with the stuffing and place on top of the sauce.
Check out the video below for all of the delicious details.
Bake at 400°F, covered for 30 minutes.
Sprinkle parmesan cheese and bake again for 5 minutes until the cheese melts.
Garnish with parsley and enjoy!