NOTE: If using real pumpkin, make sure its a “sugar pumpkin”.
400 F Oven
To roast winter squash, cut in half, scrap out seeds and roast open side down on a parchment lined baking sheet for 40-55 minutes, until easily pierced with the tip of a knife. Scrape out flesh and you’ll only need two cups. Save the rent for another use.
In the mean time, boil water for shells, and cook shells according to directions.
While the water is boiling, brown sausage in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Set aside on a paper lined plate.
Wipe out skillet, heat 1-2 T olive oil and saute onions over med heat until golden and tender. Add garlic and mushrooms. Saute on med low heat until mushrooms are tender. Add sage, saute for one minute and turn heat off. Place sausage back in to the pan and stir in pine nuts ( optional) ricotta and mozzarella. Taste for salt ( some sausage is saltier than others) and add 1/4- 1/2 tsp kosher salt -if needed, and cracked pepper.
Stir and set aside.
When squash is done remove from oven, turn heat down to 350,
Spoon out 2 Cups of roasted squash into a blender with cold chicken stock, milk, Parmesan, ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar, nutmeg and pepper. Blend until very smooth and silky.
In a large greased baking dish ( or individual ramekins) pour enough sauce to generously coat the bottom. Stuff the shells and place them in the baking dish over the sauce.
Pour more sauce over top. Cover with foil and bake at 350 until heated through, about 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking another 10 minutes.
You could add more cheese or any remaining sauce to the top at this point.
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