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Thanksgiving Menu Spectacular Vegetarian Dish Idea

Thanksgiving Menu Spectacular Vegetarian Dish Idea

Creamy White Wine Mushroom Stuffed Shells is a wonderful vegetarian dish that is just as spectacular as the turkey, and perfect for those folks who prefer not to indulge in the meat dishes. Gerard based this recipe on her aunt's white lasagna that she's loved since she was a kid, and the secret lies in the béchamel sauce.

Prep Time: 30 MINUTES
Cook Time: 45 MINUTES
Total Time: 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES
Servings: 8


  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) salted butter
  • 3 cups shiitake or cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded provolone
  • 2 (10 ounce packages) frozen spinach, thawed and drained  


1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium pot. Add the mushrooms. Cook undisturbed for 5 minutes or until golden. Add the thyme, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook 4-5 minutes, until fragrant. Remove the mushrooms from the skillet.
3. To the skillet, add the reaming 6 tablespoons butter, the garlic, basil, oregano, and cook 30 seconds or until fragrant. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute. Add the wine, then the milk. Bring to a boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is fully melted and the sauce is smooth. Set the cheese sauce aside.
4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat and boil the pasta until al dente according to package directions.
5. In a bowl combine the ricotta, provolone, and spinach.
6. Spread 1/3 of the cheese sauce in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Working with one pasta shell at a time, spoon 1 tablespoon of the ricotta mix into each shell, placing the filled shell into the baking dish as you go. Sprinkle over 1/2 cup mozzarella, pour the remaining cheese sauce over top. Top with a 1/4 cup of parmesan and then the mushrooms. Cover and bake 25 minutes or until the top has bubbled up. Remove the foil and bake another 15-20 minutes. Serve with fresh thyme.