Crusty Baked Shells
Perfect Comfort Food For A Cold Day
Trying political times.
Cold winter day.
Ice storm on its way.
Comfort foods are needed. And what is more comforting than macaroni and cheese?
This dish of Crusty Baked Shells is a grown-up version of a classic. Lighter than traditional macaroni and cheese, it calls for a mixture of several kinds of cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano, ricotta, and Romano) rather than a traditionally rich cream sauce to coat the noodles. Fresh garlic and mint are sauteed in olive oil to bring out their flavor and fragrance, then tossed in with layers of noodles and cheeses. The dish is baked until it forms a light crust. The crispy crust adds a perfect balance to the creamy cheeses and soft pasta. Enjoy it for dinner with a light salad and some wine. Take comfort.
I look forward to seeing you in my kitchen, gathering flavors, soon.