tomato-ricotta shells

5 Apr

relegated to using whats on hand i pulled out this recipe.  it was pretty good for a pasta/sauce recipe, but not as quick as just a plain pasta with sauce.  does that make any sense?  it could be a good way to use up some leftover ricotta i guess.  you definitely need the breadcrumb and ricotta mixtures otherwise it just tastes like pasta with tomato sauce.


Tomato-ricotta shells

adapted from Good Housekeeping


  • 2 can(s) (28 ounces each) whole, peeled San Marzano tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon(s) extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 clove(s) garlic, very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup(s)  bread crumbs
  • 1/8 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper
  • 1 T basil
  • 1box medium shells
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 cup(s) fat-free ricotta


  1. Heat large covered saucepot of water to boiling on high. Add 2 teaspoons salt.
  2. Set large medium-mesh sieve over large bowl. With hands, crush tomatoes over sieve and place crushed tomatoes in sieve; let strain. Set aside crushed tomatoes and juices in bowl for later use. Discard remaining juices in can.
  3. In 12-inch skillet, combine 1 tablespoon oil and half of garlic. Cook on medium 1 minute or until golden. Add bread crumbs and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown, stirring. Transfer to large bowl.
  4. In same skillet, combine red pepper, basil, remaining tablespoon oil, and remaining garlic. Cook on medium 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add tomatoes and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook on medium-low 15 minutes or until thickened, stirring.
  5. Add shells to boiling water and cook 2 minutes less than minimum time that label directs, stirring occasionally.
  6. In small bowl sir ricotta, oreano,  and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add tomato mixture, reserved tomato juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Cook on medium 2 minutes or until pasta is well-coated and al dente, tossing and stirring.
  8. Divide pasta mixture among bowls; top with dollop of ricotta mixture. sprinkle crumbs over pasta.

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