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Cheesy Pasta-Stuffed Shells


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  • Ingredients
  • 24 dried jumbo shell macaroni
  • 8 ounces dried tiny shell macaroni (2 cups)
  • 2 cups Gruyere cheese, shredded (8 ounces)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half or light cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper or ground black pepper
  • 1 24 ounce jar vodka sauce or your favorite tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 cup shredded brick cheese or mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)



Step 1

Makes: 6 servings

Prep 40 mins

Bake 350°F 45 mins

Stand 10 mins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook jumbo shells according to package directions. Using a large slotted spoon, transfer shells to a colander. Rinse with cold water; drain well. Set aside. In the same pan, cook tiny shells according to package directions; drain. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine Gruyere cheese, cheddar cheese, half-and-half, and pepper. Heat over medium-low heat until cheese melts and is smooth, stirring frequently. Stir in tiny shells.

Spread about 1/2 cup of the vodka sauce into the bottom of a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Spoon the cheese mixture evenly into the drained jumbo shells; place stuffed shells in prepared baking dish. Top with remaining vodka sauce.

Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle evenly with brick cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 15 minutes more or until heated through (160 degrees F). If desired, top with fresh basil.

Nutrition Facts (Cheesy Pasta-Stuffed Shells) Servings Per Recipe 6,
cal. (kcal) 858,
Fat, total (g) 42,
chol. (mg) 128,
sat. fat (g) 25,
carb. (g) 79,
Monosaturated fat (g) 10,
Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
fiber (g) 3,
sugar (g) 7,
pro. (g) 40,
vit. A (IU) 1263,
Thiamin (mg) 1,
Riboflavin (mg) 1,
Niacin (mg) 6,
Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
Folate (µg) 226,
Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1,
sodium (mg) 1035,
Potassium (mg) 217,
calcium (mg) 868,
iron (mg) 4,
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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