Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells

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Stuffed Shells are one of my kids’ favorites dinnertime treats. You’ve got to agree, stuffing jumbo pasta shells with cheese filling is a sure-bet mood enhancer after a long tiring day as school.

Lately I’ve been tinkering with a couple of my classic stuffed shell recipes, to mix things up at dinnertime.

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Avocados provide a rich silky texture and a bright mellow essence to just about any dish.

I thought it would be fun to use them as the base of an ultra creamy pesto recipe to lighten the overall flavor.

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Traditional pesto is usually made with fresh basil, nuts, parmesan cheese, and olive oil.

In my version of avocado pesto, I like to skip the basil, because it over powers the delicate flavors of the avocados, and go with cilantro (or parsley) instead.

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However, I did still use a small amount of olive oil for flavor, and pistachios for a strong nutty finish.

This combination brings together the taste and texture of good guacamole, with a classic Italian pesto… We’re kind of crazy over it.

In fact, if you have any avocado pesto leftover after stuffing the shells, it makes an amazing dip!

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To make Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells, puree the pesto in a food processor, then stir together a quick ricotta and parmesan mixture.

Pinch the ends of each cooked shell to open the top wide, and spoon in ricotta filling.

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Then spoon in a heaping portion of avocado pesto…

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Bake the shells for 15-20 minutes, then cover with a little more cheese and pop the dish back in the oven to melt the cheese on top.

That’s it. Simple, unique, and ridiculously delicious!

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There were What-About-Bob style growns happening around our table the first time I served Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells.

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If you are looking to introduce flavor combinations to your family, this Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells recipe is tantalizing springboard into a world of possibilities.

Give them a try!

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Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Fabulous Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells Recipe with creamy ricotta and zesty avocado pesto filling. This unique combination will wow your family into eating their veggies!
Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts
Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells
Amount Per Serving
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 872mg 36%
Potassium 494mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 2g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 12.9%
Vitamin C 10.4%
Calcium 30.3%
Iron 7.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

For the Avocado Pesto:
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup packed cilantro
  • 3/4 cup pistachios shelled
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
For the Stuffed Shells:
  • 6 ounces jumbo shell pasta (about 24 shells)
  • 1 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Set a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta shells and cook for 6-9 minutes, to al dente. Drain the pasta and set the shells in a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  2. For the Avocado Pesto: Place all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture comes together into a mostly smooth paste. If the pesto seems a little glumpy, add 1/4 water then pulse to combine.
  3. For the Ricotta Filling: Mix the ricotta, 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, and salt together in a bowl.
  4. Pick up each shell and gently squeeze the ends to open the shell wide. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of ricotta filling in each shell. Then spoon 1-2 tablespoons of avocado pesto into each shell, pushing the ricotta to the side. Brush water over the top of the shells in order to help the shell edges not get too crispy.
  5. Bake the shells for 15-20 minutes. Then sprinkle 1/4 cup parmesan and 1/2 cup mozzarella over the top and bake another 2 minutes to melt. Serve warm!

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21 comments on “Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells

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  2. Amandaposted September 19, 2017 at 7:12 am Reply

    Y U M M M M M!!! Can’t wait to make it! Looks DIVINE! Thanks so much!

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  9. JPposted February 14, 2017 at 5:25 pm Reply

    Do you remove the pistachio’s from their shells before you use them for the sauce?!?!

    • Sommerposted February 22, 2017 at 9:28 am Reply

      Hi JP! Yes, you need to use shelled pistachios. I would just buy them shelled rather than shelling them myself. :)

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  13. Maureen Wadsworthposted October 19, 2016 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Hi Sommer: These look absolutely delicious and I will be making them soon. I would like to add a sauce that people could pour on if they wanted. I was thinking a creamy rose tomato sauce. Can you think of another sauce that would go well with these without overpowering the avocado?
    Maureen from Toronto

  14. Mary @ Fit and Fedcposted April 12, 2016 at 6:51 pm Reply

    I had to read once I saw that idea of avocado pesto, in stuffed shells no less. Avocado is a creamy comfort food that totally goes with the homey idea of stuffed shells!

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  16. Samina - Clean Nibblesposted April 9, 2016 at 6:08 am Reply

    This is awesomeness taken to a whole new level! I love the idea of  avocado pesto stuffed in the shells!!! Looks gorgeous!

  17. Mariaposted April 8, 2016 at 2:32 pm Reply

    Im drooling!

  18. Gaby Dalkinposted April 8, 2016 at 1:02 pm Reply

    These look amazing!! What a great, easy dinner.

  19. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted April 8, 2016 at 11:15 am Reply

    This is on my list to try soon! My family will love these flavors!

  20. [email protected]posted April 8, 2016 at 8:33 am Reply

    What a great sounding variation on pesto. I will definitely be trying this very soon.