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Stringy Macaroni Recipe

Stringy Macaroni

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"Very yummy dish, shell noodles with a homemade sauce and three different cheeses. My family loves it."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    40 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Combine the tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, minced onion, salt, pepper and oregano in a saucepan. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta shells and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and rinse with cool water.
  4. Put a layer of cooked shells in a greased 3 quart casserole dish. After the shells, you put in the cottage cheese and spread it out to cover all the shells. Layer on the sauce, then another layer of shells, then the mozzarella cheese and more sauce. Add the last layer of shells, the parmesan, and finish with a layer of sauce.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 15, 2007

I made a lot of changes, but only to lower the calories and add more veggies. For the sauce, I chopped 1 onion, 3 tomatoes, and 1 green pepper in the food processor. I combined with 15 oz canned mushrooms and 8 oz tomato sauce. I then added pasta seasoning (basil, oregano, etc.), but did not cook. I used bowtie pasta and layered: 1/2 pasta, 1/2 sauce, cottage cheese, 1/2 pasta, 1/2 sauce, mozzarella cheese. This made 8 large servings at only 250 calories each.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 07, 2007

husband didnt like the cottage cheese and kids didn't like the tomato's


18 Ratings

Nov 22, 2010

This was very good! I made it exactly as written and we loved it. You could definitely add other vegetables to the sauce and change it up any way you prefer. I always make recipes as they are printed before adding my own touches though and this one is definitely 5 stars as written!

Nov 25, 2006

Tasty basic recipe--kind of dish that both adults and kids would like. I followed recipe exactly except that I used ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese (I'm sure either is fine), and I added two cloves of crushed garlic to the sauce. Some of the pasta on the top got a bit hard and crusty--perhaps putting foil loosely on top would prevent this?

Jan 26, 2012

This recipe has become a family staple. However, I don't make anything Italian without adding garlic and basil. So, to start the sauce, I like to saute the onion along with a clove of garlic, to start the sauce. I tried it once using jarred spaghetti sauce, but I wasn't sure how much to use and it came out too saucy. The thing I really like about this recipe is the predominance of the cheeses. With too much sauce, the cheeses get overwhelmed. Tip: If you don't have shells, other shapes work too. Just use a short-cut pasta. You want a smallish chunky shape to hold onto the cheese in each bite. :0)

Jan 01, 2009

This was very good! I also used ricotta cheese because I didn't have cottage cheese. Mine also got a little crusty on the top, so next time I will cover with foil.

Mar 19, 2012

What's not to love about this dish? I must admit that I made one major substitution by halving the recipe and using a jar of Trader Joe's Traditional Marinara Sauce (sorry about that to all those who don't like reviews that change the recipe!). I divided the ingredients between two cereal-bowl-sized Corning dishes, following the stated proportions of cheese. I couldn't help but scarf down a few healthy spoonfuls after snapping my photos! Total comfort food! Thanks for the recipe!

Aug 04, 2009

The only thing I changed was using minced onion instead of fresh and I added garlic. It was great


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  • Calories
  • 272 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27.6 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 9.3 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 20.5 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 873 mg
  • 35%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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