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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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  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

18
jumbo pasta shells (from 12-oz package)
1
jar (26 to 28 oz) tomato pasta sauce
1
egg, slightly beaten
1
container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
1
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
2
teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/4
teaspoon garlic powder
18
frozen cooked Italian-style meatballs (from 16-oz bag)
4
to 6 pitted ripe olives, sliced
Red bell pepper, lettuce, sugar snap peas, green grapes, and green onions if desired

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Directions

  • 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.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

One serving is three shells. Make a face using two shells for eyes, and offer the additional shells during the meal.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
630
(
Calories from Fat
250),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
28g
28%
(Saturated Fat
12g,
12%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
160mg
160%;
Sodium
1500mg
1500%;
Total Carbohydrate
57g
57%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
12g
12%
),
Protein
38g
38%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
50%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
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.

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