Vegan Pesto Stuffed Shells

Vegan Pesto Stuffed Shells


These delicious stuffed shells are definitely crowd pleaser, the addition of pesto also enhances this dish.

1/2 (12oz package) jumbo shells

1/2 cup cashew

3/4 cup water

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

1 tsp arrowroot starch

1 tsp sea salt

1 lb extra firm tofu mashed

1 cup asparagus lightly steamed and chopped

1 (24 ounce) jar marinara sauce


1/4 cup walnuts

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic chopped

1/4 basil chopped

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp sea salt

pinch of cayenne pepper(opt)

Cook pasta in salted water in salted water, drain and set aside. Preheat oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a blender blend cashew, water, onion powder, garlic powder, nutritional yeast flakes, sea salt and arrowroot until smooth. In a bowl place mashed tofu along with cashew sauce and asparagus. In a food processor process the pesto ingredients and mix with the tofu mixture. Line a 9×13 casserole pan with marinara sauce. Spoon tofu mix into individual shells (about 1 tablespoon) and place in pan until all are stuffed. Drizzle marinara sauce over stuffed shells, cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

Please Leave a Comment and a Rating

  1. Cassie
    January 6, 2018

    Do you have serving sizes and nutritional information?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 6, 2018

      Cassie, not yet, ironically just tried to find gluten-free jumbo shells yesterday at the health food store but they didn’t have. Going to have to order online so I can update this recipe to include nutritional analysis. You can plug the recipe into

  2. Michelle Blackwood
    June 18, 2012

    Thank you for your interest, you are welcome!

  3. vegangsterARNP
    June 18, 2012

    You are genius! Thank you.