Sweet Potato & Caramelized Onion Shells Recipe
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Sweet Potato & Caramelized Onion Shells Recipe

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Gorgonzola cheese and sweet potatoes add a fun and flavorful twist. Delicious with a sprinkle of Parmesan, the shells can be topped with leftover gravy, too.—Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 21 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon sherry or apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup turkey gravy, warmed

Nutritional Facts

3 stuffed shells equals 341 calories, 14 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 758 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 13 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 high-fat meat.


  1. In a large skillet, saute onions in butter until softened. Add garlic powder and salt. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 25-30 minutes or until deep golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta shells according to package directions. Drain pasta; set aside.
  3. Stir the broth, sherry, thyme and pepper into onions. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is almost evaporated. Remove from the heat. Stir in sweet potatoes and Gorgonzola cheese.
  4. Spoon into shells; place in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake at 375° for 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with gravy. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Sweet Potato & Caramelized Onion Shells in Taste of Home November 2011, p69

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Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"This was a vary good dish and I definitely enjoyed the flavor combinations. The sweet potatoes provided a sweetness that mixed well with the caramelized onions and the gorgonzola provided a nice saltiness. My brother suggested adding bacon which I may try in the future. The gravy is a must as the shells tend to dry out a bit in the oven. Next time I will also add gravy to the bottom of the pan before baking. Other reviewers felt the gorgonzola taste was a bit strong so I only used 4 ounces and if anyone else prefers to use weight (like myself) 1.5 cups of sweet potatoes is about 13.5 ounces. Overall I enjoyed this dish and did not find it as time consuming as some others felt it was. I will be making this again.

Kimmyjo62- Sweet potatoes are actually root vegetables, they just happen to be high in a type of carbohydrate known as starch. So what are you saying? Veggies and Pasta don't mix?"

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"Hey kimmyjo62! Ever heard of perogies??"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"My neighbor made these without the gravy and they were delicious. If you don't like gorgonzola though, you won't like them because that is the predominant flavor. I thought this was a very unusual, yet very tasty combo. I'll be making this myself very soon."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"I'll say up front, that I haven't made this. Who in their right mind would put these two starches together? Pasta & potatoes? I like all the ingredients, but sounds like this would be a litte all together. I could be wrong, but this does sound weird. I'll save my money and time and prepare something else."

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"My family enjoyed this enough we had it as a side dish in our Thanksgiving meal."

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