Parmesan Shells and Cheese

Cooked Shell Pasta
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  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 1 casserole (4 to 6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
394 Calories
22g Fat
38g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 casserole (4 to 6 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 394
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 714mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 12g
Calcium 261mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Try this rich and delicious macaroni and cheese recipe made with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, and small shells. Top with buttered bread crumbs for a delicious macaroni and cheese casserole, and serve as a side dish or a main dish with salad.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese (fresh, grated)
  • 8 ounces small shell macaroni (uncooked)
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (freshly chopped or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes)
  • Optional: paprika

Steps to Make It

  1. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in flour, cooking until hot and bubbly, about 1 minute.

  2. Gradually stir in chicken broth and milk. Add the salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring, until thickened and bubbly. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and continue to cook and stir until cheese is melted.

  3. Meanwhile, cook the shells in boiling salted water as directed on package. Drain well and add to the sauce mixture, blending well. Transfer to a lightly buttered 2-quart baking dish.

  4. Combine bread crumbs with melted butter and parsley flakes; sprinkle over the casserole.

  5. Bake at 325 F for 25 to 35 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with paprika before serving, if desired.