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Meatless Monday — Butternut Squash Stuffed Pasta Shells in a Saffron & Chili Sauce

By Fredrica Syren:

I believe that almost any food can taste good with the right set of spices. Spices can really elevate a dish and make it dance in your mouth. For me, Saffron smells like Christmas and this week after baking saffron buns, I had some leftover. I got the idea to use it in a pasta dish. Saffron and butternut squash is  a marriage made in heaven!

Sauce:saffron

  • 1 tsp. of canola oil
  • I pinch of saffron
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • ½ cup cream

Preheat oven to F350. Fry spices in oil and pour stock into a pot. In a container with a lid, mix flour and milk, and shake until flour is dissolved. Add milk mix and cream to pot and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes while stirring. Set sauce aside.

Filling:stuffed pasta shells

  • 1 cup cooked butternut squash
  • ½ cup vegan ricotta cheese
  • Pasta shells
  • 4 basil leaves minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Grated vegan cheese (optional)

Boil shells according to instruction. Mash pumpkin and blend with ricotta, basil, salt & pepper. Stuff the shells with the pumpkin and place in an oven dish, filling side facing up, and pour sauce over the shells. Sprinkle cheese over if using. Bake for 20 minutes.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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