I just thought this recipe was cute. Tiny pasta shells in big pasta shells... what's not to love. The recipe ended up being pretty darn good and pretty darn easy as well. It's also pretty kid friendly. Best of all, it's versitile! You can use whatever cheeses or sauces you have on hand!
Shell Stuffed Shells
24 dried jumbo shell macaroni
8 oz. dried tiny shell macaroni (2 cups)
2 cups Gryere cheese, shredded (8 oz) - Expensive! So you can sub whatever you'd like. But it is tasty!
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar (8 oz)
3/4 cup half and half or light cream
1/8 tsp of white pepper or regular
1 24 oz. jar of vodka sauce or any pasta sauce or more if you are more a sauce person than a cheese person like me! :)
4 oz. of brick cheese or mozzarella cheese, shredded (1 cup)
Fresh basil leaves, optional
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook jumbo shells according to package. Using a slotted spoon transfer to a colander. Rinse with cold water and drain well. In same pan/water cook tiny shells according to package. Drain and set aside.
2) Meanwhile in a saucepan, combine Gryere , cheddar and half and half with pepper. Heat over medium-low heat until cheese is melted and smooth. Mine did not smooth. It was kind of stringy but it makes sense since Gryere is similar to swiss cheese. Stir in tiny shells.
3) Spread 1/2 a cup of the pasta in a rectangular baking dish (3 qt). Spoon cheesy shell mixture into jumbo shells.Place the stuffed shells into the baking dish. Repeat and top with remaining pasta sauce. I am a sauce person and not a cheese person so I would add more sauce next time, plan accordingly.
4) Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with brick cheese. Bake, uncovered for about 15 minutes until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Top with fresh basil if desired.
I would suggest serving it with something light like a salad as it is pretty heavy and cheesy!
All for now,