Stuffed shells filled with our favorite dairy-free spinach artichoke dip. Can you guess what the secret ingredient is that I used to make the filling extra creamy and dairy-free? Vegan.
Last week, Travis informed me that stuffed shells are one of his favorite meals.
What?! Since when? I’ve never heard him say this before.
I tried to explain to him why I haven’t made them in over a year because I’m trying to cut our dairy intake. We’ve slowly been transitioning by switching over to coconut milk and almond milk for almost everything. The only aspect that’s really hard to let go of is cheese.
I still love cheese. Ugh. It’s a problem but I’m working on it.
Classic stuffed shells are filled with a creamy dreamy combination of ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. As I was thinking about it, I remembered how I had used my new favorite dairy-free substitute cashew cream in the spinach artichoke dip that I made a few weeks ago.
Can You Taste the Difference Between Regular and Dairy-Free Stuffed Shells?
Hmmm, would it work?
Could I use my dairy-free cashew cream spinach artichoke dip to substitute for the classic filling that stuffed shells always have?
It sure did!! It was 100% delicious too!
I didn’t even tell Travis until after he had tasted it. I already knew he loved my cashew cream spinach artichoke dip but I wanted to see if he could tell he wasn’t eating ricotta and mozzarella cheese. After a few bites, I asked him what he thought. Did he notice anything different about these stuffed shells?
He narrowed his eyes at me and I could practically see his mind racing trying to figure out what I had hidden in his food.
He wasn’t able to tell the difference! He didn’t even realize that these stuffed shells were dairy-free! Isn’t that amazing? I was so excited!!
Adding hidden vegetables to our meals is one of my favorite things to do. I especially love it when Travis doesn’t notice until he’s done eating or he can’t figure out what I’ve switched because it tastes so much like the original recipe.
A few of our favorite hidden vegetable recipes:
- 30-Minute ginger cauliflower fried rice
- Italian lentil quinoa meatballs
- Watermelon popsicles
- Coconut crusted cauliflower tacos
- Butternut squash spinach pasta sauce
- Roasted cauliflower cashew cream alfredo sauce
- Acorn squash hummus
- Vegan creamy broccoli cheese soup
- Healthy (vegan) macaroni and cheese
I’m so excited to add another delicious dairy-free recipe to my keeper recipe box. I know it’s going to become one of our favorites since Travis loves stuffed shells so much. It’s definitely going to be part of our monthly menu rotation.
The stuffed shells filling is so creamy and I love the big chunks of artichokes and extra spinach. Seriously, so delicious! You won’t even miss the cheese. Pinky promise. Plus, this version is so much healthier for you than the cheese filled recipe.
Give it a try! Let me know what you think! If you make the stuffed shells, please tag me using the hashtag #StaceyHomemaker so I can see your beautiful creation!
- 1 box of jumbo shells
- Dairy-free spinach artichoke dip
- 1 jar of marinara sauce
- Fresh parsley to garnish
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Prepare spinach artichoke dip according to my recipe. Find the link to that recipe below!
- Boil jumbo shells in salted water according to package instructions. Drain and set aside to cool so you can handle them.
- You either spoon the filling into the shells or put it into a gallon Ziploc bag, cut the tip off, and pipe the filling into the shells.
- Put a 3-4 Tbsp of marinara sauce in the bottom of a large oven-safe casserole dish, spread it evenly around.
- Place the filled shells in the casserole dish. Top with the remaining marinara sauce. Cover with parchment paper or foil and bake for 20-25 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
- Serve immediately!
Get the dairy-free cashew cream spinach artichoke dip recipe here. (You need this recipe to make the filling for the stuffed shells!)
What’s your favorite filling for stuffed shells? Let me know in the comments!
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