Cheesy Monster Eyes

Cheesy Monster Eyes

Get creative with dinner! Serve these pasta shells baked with three types of cheese and meatballs to resemble monster faces – perfect if you like Italian cuisine.

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jumbo pasta shells (from 12-oz package)
jar (26 to 28 oz) tomato pasta sauce
egg, slightly beaten
container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
cup grated Parmesan cheese
teaspoons dried basil leaves
teaspoon garlic powder
frozen cooked Italian-style meatballs (from 16-oz bag)
to 6 pitted ripe olives, sliced
Red bell pepper, lettuce, sugar snap peas, green grapes, and green onions if desired
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook pasta as directed on package; drain. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, reserve 1 tablespoon pasta sauce; pour remaining sauce into baking dish. In medium bowl, mix egg, ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, the basil and garlic powder.
  3. Fill each cooked pasta shell with about 2 tablespoons cheese mixture. Arrange filled shells, cheese mixture up, in dish over sauce. Press 1 meatball into cheese mixture in each shell to resemble eye.
  4. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Use drop of reserved pasta sauce to attach ripe olive slice to each meatball to resemble pupil of eye. To create a face, arrange eyes on each plate with red pepper mouth, grape nose, lettuce and sugar snap peas eyebrows and green onion hair.
Makes 6 servings (3 shells each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
One serving is three shells. Make a face using two shells for eyes, and offer the additional shells during the meal.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 630
    • (Calories from Fat 250),
  • Total Fat 28g
    • (Saturated Fat 12g,
    • Trans Fat 1g),
  • Cholesterol 160mg;
  • Sodium 1500mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 57g
    • (Dietary Fiber 4g,
    • Sugars 12g),
  • Protein 38g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 3 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 4;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.