Pasta Shells in Roasted Garlic Sauce Recipe

Pasta Shells in Roasted Garlic Sauce

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Servings 4

  • Pasta shells - 1 lb(450 gm)
  • Garlic cloves - 1 whole bulb
  • Tomatoes - 3-4, cubed
  • Onion - 1 med, cubed
  • Parmesan Cheese - 1/2 cup
  • Shredded Italian cheese blend - 1 cup, (blend of Mozzarella, Provolone, Romano, etc)
  • Sweet pea - 1/2 cup, steamed (optional)
  • Italian/ flat-leaf parsley - 1/2 cup, chopped
  • Chicken Bouillon cubes - 2 (you can alternatively use 2 cups of broth)
  • Salt & pepper - to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
* You can use any other steamed vegetables with this dish.
** I like to add 1 tsp of sugar when simmering the sauce for a little sweetness. However you can add or skip it upon your choice.

How to make Pasta Shells in Roasted Garlic Sauce

  • 1. In a baking sheet, arrange the chopped tomatoes and onions. Drizzle some olive oil on them and season with salt and pepper.
  • 2. Put the whole bulb of the garlic, skin-on, in a piece of foil, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Loosely fold the foil and place it in the tray with the tomatoes.
  • 3. Roast in the oven for 20-30 min, on 200F (400C), until the tomatoes and onions are crisp on the edges. No need to peal the tomatoes.
  • 4. Peel the garlic cloves. Once roasted the peel comes of very easily. Place the tomatoes, onions, garlic with 1 cup of water in a blender and blend. You are looking for a coarse texture rather than smooth.
  • 5. In a large non-stick pot heat 1 cup of water with the 2 bouillon cubes and stir until melted. Add the puree from the blender. Stir to combine, and simmer** on low-med heat until it thickens up and reaches a sticky consistency.
  • 6. Meanwhile, cook the pasta shells according to the package instructions. Drain and add them to the garlic sauce. Stir to combine. Taste for seasoning.
  • 7. Add the peas* (if using), parsley and the Italian cheese blend. Stir to combine everything. Turn the heat off.
  • 8. Serve on serving bowls and top with the Parmesan cheese before serving.  Bon Appétit!

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