Tomato, Basil, Cheese Pasta Bake Recipe

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If you like cheese, basil, or cheese than you NEED to try this recipe. Every note to this dish simply sings. You have the pasta shells coated in pesto and creamy ricotta cheese, topped with a homemade tomato sauce full of fresh basil; the dish is completed with a “healthy” topping of baked mozzarella. Oh did I mention that you can start eating this dish in about 30 minutes. Feel free to add chicken strips to this recipe.

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What You Need

1 pound of small shell pasta

2 small shallots – diced

1 table of Olive Oil

2 cloves of garlic

                1 (28-ounce) can crushed Italian tomatoes, any brand

14 Leaves of Basil – cut finely ( feel free to use less )

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon of Oregano

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 cup of basil pesto sauce

1 cup of ricotta cheese

2 cups of shredded mozzarella

What To Do

Use broiler – set to 375

Cook the pasta – al dente – meaning under cook the pasta by a few minutes.

Meanwhile – heat oil in a large skillet – add shallots and cook for 6 minutes then add garlic and cook for one more minute. Add tomatoes + seasonings. Allow to simmers – add basil.

Place pasta in a lightly oiled casserole dish

Mix in pesto and ricotta cheese

Top with sauce

Top with mozzarella cheese

Place in the over covered for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake till cheese is golden brown

Enjoy 🙂

Tomato, Basil; Cheese Pasta Bake

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Every note to this dish simply sings. You have the pasta shells coated in pesto and creamy ricotta cheese, topped with a homemade tomato sauce full of fresh basil; the dish is completed with a "healthy" topping of baked mozzarella. Feel free to add chicken strips to this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of small shell pasta
  • 2 small shallots - diced
  • 1 table of Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed Italian tomatoes, any brand
  • 14 Leaves of Basil - cut finely ( feel free to use less )
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 cup of basil pesto sauce
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  1. Use broiler - set to 375
  2. Cook the pasta - al dente - meaning under cook the pasta by a few minutes.
  3. Meanwhile - heat oil in a large skillet - add shallots and cook for 6 minutes then add garlic and cook for one more minute. Add tomatoes + seasonings. Allow to simmers - add basil.
  4. Place pasta in a lightly oiled casserole dish
  5. Mix in pesto and ricotta cheese
  6. Top with sauce
  7. Top with mozzarella cheese
  8. Place in the over covered for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake till cheese is golden brown
  9. Enjoy 🙂

This recipe is adapted from HERE