Sure to Fool 'Em Vegan Stuffed Shells

Sure to Fool 'Em Vegan Stuffed Shells

NJChick 15

"Ok, this is my go-to recipe for those skeptics who say vegan can't be fun and flavorful! Oh yeah ... it fools them every time! Yup, even my East Coast/Italian friends! (You know who you are)! Perfect for a potluck, generous enough for a family dinner (maybe even leftovers)! Serve with salad and crusty bread! No one will know it's not ricotta! Get crazy and experiment with other veggies in the tofu mixture like mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, swiss chard, etc. for added flavor and vitamins."

Ingredients 1 h 20 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 586 cals

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Original recipe yields 6 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 586 kcal
  • 29%
  • Fat:
  • 19.2 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs:
  • 79.5g
  • 26%
  • Protein:
  • 23 g
  • 46%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 1002 mg
  • 40%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic; cook and stir until the garlic begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce, bruschetta, and salt. Cook and stir for 5 minutes, then stir in the red wine and sugar. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray, then spread layer of the prepared tomato sauce on the bottom of the pan.
  3. Place the tofu, onion, spinach, and pesto into a blender. Cover, and puree until smooth. Pour the tofu mixture into a resealable plastic bag. Snip the corner off the bottom of the bag, and pipe the mixture into the pasta shells. Arrange the pasta shells in the prepared baking pan. Pour the remaining tomato sauce over the shells, then cover the pan with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the pasta shells are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the foil, and sprinkle the soy cheese on top. Return to the oven and continue baking until the the cheese has melted, about 10 minutes more.
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Mesa Mom

Wow! I'm absolutely AMAZED at how DELICIOUS this was. I wish there was a way to give it more than 5 stars! We are new to the Vegan world so we are very selective with what we're eating. EVERYONE in this house - including my picky eater (!) ate this dish. Here's how I changed it for our family -- I doubled the garlic; used crushed tomatoes instead of chopped; omitted the bruschetta (not sure why it was suggested - didn't miss it); left out the spinach (I can't eat cooked spinach or any similar cooked leafy greens) but included it in the side salad; doubled the pesto, and used "Daiya" brand mozzarella-style "cheese" (I refuse to use any other Vegan "cheese" as none compares). We are having a houseful of family over next weekend and have already decided this complete meal (shells, salad, garlic bread, and homemade Vegan cupcakes) will be making a return, with plenty of seconds, I'm sure! A must to try. Oh, and about the red sauce - so perfect that I plan to make it for any pasta dishes that call for red sauce! We lapped it up just with our bread as a snack it was so good! Thanks, NJChick. You hit this one out of the ballpark. WINNER for everyone... not just Vegans =D


This is an awesome recipe. For those of you who do not know, the shells are baked without boiling. My daughter has been vegan for 6 months and I am always on the hunt for good tasting and healthy foods. This is a winner but I did change some things, I did not add sugar and I used fresh spinach after processing the tofu with pesto (you can find pesto without cheese at Trader Joe's).


Fantastic! My family loved this. We're vegans for health reasons, not moral ones, so I was okay just using a purchased pesto because I didn't figure in only a couple of tablespoons there was enough Parmesan to hurt us. I also used a jarred sauce for ease. This has gone onto our "win" list for sure!!