When I’m looking to please the men in my family, making Vegan Stuffed Shells makes my boys happy. Of course, it’s the perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas entree, or it’s a quick and easy dinner during the week. When I say my boys love my vegan stuffed shells recipe… I mean – LOVE IT!
Not only is the best vegan stuffed shells easy to make, but you can also meal prep ahead of time, cook it in 30 minutes and be done. Furthermore, it heats up all week long for easy ready to go lunches that pack well and reheat quickly.
First, it’s a family favorite, and everyone in my house LOVES this pasta dish because it’s simply phenomenal. Actually, I watched my son go back for three helpings!
Similarly, my family loves my Copycat Sublime Vegan Lasagna and my Skinny Zucchini Stuffed with Veggies and Tofu RicottaI, but this is just easier to make. And, I don’t know about you, but sometimes easy and delicious wins over complicated.
CHOOSE YOUR FILLING; QUICK AND SIMPLE OR LENTILS AND VEGETABLES
As a matter of fact, the filling can be made with just five base ingredients. Although I used Bocca Crumbles and Field Roast Italian Sausages for the stuffing for vegan stuffed shells recipe, you can easily switch it out using my Ultimate Lentil and Vegetable “Meatless” Loaf recipe.
In fact, the Ultimate Lentil and Vegetable “Meatless” Loaf is not only a great filling for stuffed shells, but you can also stuff it in Green peppers, use as meatballs, or a filling for layers in lasagna.
To tell the truth, stuffed shells easily fool your carnivore guests visiting from out of town, or your family members who mock your plant-based lifestyle. Again, my father, who refuses to join the family in our plant-based journey, still thinks these babies are meat. Apparently people don’t realize, vegan stuffed shells are plant-based, since they are the first to disappear at a potluck.
EASY PEASY FROM START TO FINISH/OR FOOD PREP FOR LATER IN THE WEEK
From start to finish, the entire recipe takes about 40 minutes; 30 minutes is cooking in the oven. First, you boil the shells for 9 minutes, while you prep the other simple ingredients. Then, you simple stuff, cover, and bake for 30 minutes. Not to mention, if you choose to wait until the next day or two to cook vegan stuffed shells, they cook and taste exactly the same.
Also, I suggest serving this vegan stuffed shells recipe with roast vegetables, a side salad, or a grilled piece of bread, vegan stuffed shells are a hearty and filling meal that won’t weigh you down. Even though I wasn’t attempting to make a vegan version that tastes exactly like traditional meat stuffed shell recipes, it is incredibly the best vegan stuffed shells you will ever eat!