Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Springy Shells

I think it's obvious from the title that I'm a little late in posting this one! I actually had to do some serious detective work to even remember which recipe this is.

But now my memory has been refreshed, and I can rave about this dinner. I think next time I would add a little more cheese (there can never be too much, right?).

Springy Shells
slightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman, by way of Juliann's Easy Eats

  • 16 ounces, weight Pasta Shells (medium) Or Other Short Pasta
  • ½ pounds Broccoli, Cut Into Small Florets
  • ½ pounds Zucchini (about 1 Medium Zucchini) Diced
  • ½ cups Frozen Peas
  • 3 whole Green Onions Sliced (white & Light Green Parts)
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 20 ounces, weight Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1-½ cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Black Pepper, Freshly Ground
  • Extra Olive Oil For Drizzling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook pasta until extremely al dente—with still quite a bit of bite.

Melt butter with the olive oil over medium-low to medium heat, then add in the garlic. Sprinkle in a little salt.

Add the broccoli and cook for one minute, then add the zucchini and cook for one or two more minutes. Add the frozen peas, still together then turn off the heat. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix the ricotta, eggs, salt, and pepper until well combined.


Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish. Add half the pasta, then spread 1/3 cup of the ricotta mixture over the surface. Sprinkle 1/3 of the Parmesan over the ricotta, then ½ of the vegetables. Repeat with the rest of the pasta, the rest of the ricotta, and another 1/3 of the Parmesan. End with the rest of the vegetables and the rest of the Parmesan. Top with mozzarella

Drizzle with a couple of tablespoons olive oil, then bake for 25 minutes on 350 degrees or until nice and hot.

Serve with extra Parmesan, crusty French bread, and chilled white wine. Yummy!

1 comment:

  1. I've had that happen to me, a big back log of pictures of food, "now, how did I make that again?" I more consistant at cooking it than blogging it :o) Cheers


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