The sauce is creamy, savory, and very comforting to the body and soul; cottage cheese happily marries pumpkin puree here. Also, cottage cheese is a great source of protein (1 cup ~ 25 grams of protein). I threw in kale for good measure but feel free to substitute with spinach or leave it altogether. However, I find sneaking them in this way makes eating veggies easier, especially for non-vegetables eaters.
As much as I love cooking, I do not fancy standing more than an hour in the kitchen on a weekday therefore this recipe perfectly fits the bill. Allow the sauce to simmer – stuff the shells – bake and then indulge!
Now get stuffing friends!
Creamy Pumpkin Sauce & Kale Stuffed Shells
for about 15 shells
15 shells, cooked according to the package and drained
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup cottage cheese (I use low-fat)
1/2 onion, chopped
2 Dorot’s garlic cubes (or use 2 garlic cloves)
2 kale leaves, stems removed and chopped
2-3 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
salt and pepper, to taste
– Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
– In a medium sauce pan, heat oil/butter over medium heat then sautee onion until slightly soft. Add garlic and kale to the mix.
– Add 2-3 tablespoon of water if it starts to stick to the bottom.
– Pour pumpkin puree to the mixture, stirring everything together. Cook for a minute or two until kale wilts a little bit.
– Add cottage cheese, nutmeg, oregano and cook for 5-8 minutes or until the sauce looks creamy and cottage cheese blends in.
– Add salt and pepper and adjust taste as necessary.
– Remove from heat and set aside the mixture.
– Spoon about 1/2 tablespoon mixture into cooked pasta shells and place them in a baking tray (greased with cooking spray or oil).
– Top the shells with mozzarella cheese, spoon little sauce on top and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese melts.
– Serve immediately.
– My shells were little chewy on the outside but it could be because I cooked the shells previous day and reheated them in the microwave before using it. Topping shells with additional sauce helped keep alot.
– Serve them immediately to prevent it from hardening, although reheating them next day works just fine.
So, friends what kind of food are you indulging in lately?
Have you heard or tried Dorot products? What do you think?
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