Recipe by CHEMICAT
"Very yummy dish, shell noodles with a homemade sauce and three different cheeses. My family loves it."
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1 (8 ounce) can
1 (16 ounce) can
ground black pepper
1 1/4 teaspoons
1 (8 ounce) package
medium seashell pasta
1 (16 ounce) package
mozzarella cheese, shredded
grated Parmesan cheese
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.
husband didnt like the cottage cheese and kids didn't like the tomato's
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?
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!
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!
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)
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.
The only thing I changed was using minced onion instead of fresh and I added garlic. It was great
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 84
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