If your family is anything like mine, pasta is a staple in your house. It does get boring serving the same old pasta with spaghetti sauce, though. So, I thought that I would share this amazingly unique pasta dish recipe with you.
This is like nothing that you have ever made before. It’s so quick and simple to whip up and the entire family is going to love it!
What Kind Of Pasta Should You Use?
I used pasta shells for this recipe, mostly because that’s what I had in the cabinet and partly because with shells, the flavors really stick to the pasta.
If you don’t have shells or would prefer to use something else, I think you could easily substitute penne or tiny tubed shells for this.
How Should Pasta Be Cooked?
Begin cooking your pasta by boiling four quarts of water for each pound of shells that you plan to make. You need about a half a pound with this recipe, so two quarts of water should do.
Once the water boils, add your pasta and boil for about 8 minutes. You can taste the pasta to see if it’s done. My uncle used to say to throw it against the wall and if it sticks, it’s done.
If it falls off, put it back in the pot and boil it a bit longer…I do not recommend that you use this method. Just taste it. If it’s just a bit firm but not crunchy, then it’s done.
How Do You Make Pasta Shells Not Stick?
To keep the shells from sticking together, or to the side of your pan when cooking, make sure that your water is at a full boil before you add the pasta.
Then, be sure that you stir it quite often to break the noodles apart while they are cooking. Just a note, if you are planning to use a sauce with your pasta, like in this recipe, it’s not recommended that you add oil to the water as it will keep the sauce from sticking to the noodles.
Can You Substitute The Blue Cheese?
If you don’t like blue cheese, you can leave it out if you want, but make note that the blue cheese is what gives this dish its wonderful flavor.
If you really don’t like the taste of blue cheese, you could substitute with another cheese, but make sure that you choose a cheese that has the same texture in order for the recipe to turn out as it should.
What Other Quick and Easy Pasta Dishes Can You Make for Dinner Tonight?
So, as I said, pasta is a staple in my house. I have so many pasta recipes and most of them are really quick and easy to throw together.
This chicken and pasta recipe is really simple, and my family just adores the flavor. I also have an amazing shrimp and pasta recipe that is great if you are a seafood fan, and let’s not forget this crock pot pasta recipe that is perfect for busy weeknight dinners.
- 7 oz. (200 g) of pasta shells
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ cup of ricotta
- ½ cup of plain yogurt
- ½ cup of blue cheese, crumbled
- 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
- Cook your pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to directions on the package.
- Put cheeses, yogurt, basil, and garlic into a blender. Blend until smooth and pour the sauce over cooked pasta.
- Stir to cover pasta shells with sauce completely. Garnish with shredded parmesan.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 826 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 48mg Sodium: 492mg Carbohydrates: 122g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 6g Protein: 39g
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