Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Deconstructed Stuffed Shells

What do you do when you really want stuffed shells, but you have no jumbo shell noodles? You make deconstructed stuffed shells. You can use any kind of noodle for this, and use all of the same ingredients as when you make stuffed shells, mix it all together and bake it! This way is less time consuming because you don't have to take the time to actually stuff anything, and still gives you the same delicious result!


1 box Rigatoni (or any noodle), boiled for 4-5 minutes but not fully cooked
1 24oz. can Hunt's Roasted Garlic and Onion Pasta Sauce
2 c. cottage cheese, small curd, low fat
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning (or any Italian dry herbs)
1 Tbs. garlic salt
8 oz. shredded Mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the cottage cheese, grated Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and garlic salt in a small bowl until mixed together. Pour back into the pot with the drained noodles and stir together. Add in the pasta sauce. Spread out the noodle mixture in a 13x9 pan so that it is in an even layer. Top with the shredded Mozzarella and bake for 35 minutes until the cheese is fully melted and golden brown on the edges. Let cool before slicing and serving.

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