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Courgette and Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells

Courgette and Ricotta Stuffed Pasta
I don't know about you but I find it really hard to find large pasta shells where I live. Luckily for me Garofalo sent me some Lumaconi to try just a few weeks ago which fit the bill perfectly in this summery pasta dish.

This is a great recipe for those of you with a glut of courgettes from the allotment or veg patch to use and is really easy, if a little bit time consuming, to prepare.


Courgette and Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells
Ingredients: to serve 4 with side salad and bread
Olive Oil
2 Garlic cloves, chopped
1 Jar of Chunky Passata (about 700ml)
Drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar
Torn Basil Leaves
About 25 giant pasta shells or something similar
500g Courgettes, grated
150g Ricotta
85g Pecorino
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and Pepper

Method:
Step 1: Heat the oil in a pan and add 1 chopped garlic clove for a minute then the jar of passata and balsamic vinegar. Simmer for 10 minutes and then add the torn basil leaves and season. Spoon into the bottom of an oven proof dish.
Step 2: Meanwhile cook the pasta until almost al dente, drain and cool under cold running water. Set aside.
Step 3: Heat more oil in another pan and add the other chopped garlic clove and courgettes. Cook for 15 minutes until the courgettes have cooked down, then cool. Mix with the ricotta, pecorino and nutmeg, salt and pepper.
Step 4: Preheat the oven to 190c/170 fan. Stuff the pasta shells with the mixture then grate some more pecorino over the top. Bake in the oven for 20ish minutes until golden.

11 comments:

Jacqueline said...

That looks lovely and so satisfying Beth. Gorgeous colours too :)

Jan said...

Oooh now this looks delish! I love giant pasta shells.

The Caked Crusader said...

I've had trouble finding the really big shells too.
Love the look of this- I always gravitate towards anything with courgette!

Janice said...

That looks so colourful. I brought back the giant shells from Italy but gave them away as a present. Must see if I can find some as I'd love to make this and the courgette glut is looming.

Dzoli said...

I have no problem to buy any kind of pasta here..but I make most of mine..myself.Those of course I even cant make..and they do look nice ,the way you presented them:)

Anne said...

Ooh I have some lumaconi shells in the cupboard, really like the sound of the creamy courgette filling mm!

kat said...

I bought a bunch of zucchini at the farmers market this weekend, sounds like a great way to use them up

Corina said...

I'd love to have some of these large pasta shells to make this but I rarely see them. I love ricotta with pasta.

Lucy, Vanilla Frost said...

This looks very tasty!Just discovered your blog - enjoying it very much.

Pam said...

I love stuffed pasta - this looks delicious.

Maureen said...

You hit my hot button with this one. I can't wait to try your recipe for stuffed shells. This is real comfort food for me.