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.

Prep Time

35

Minutes

Total Time

1:30

Hr:Mins

Makes

6

servings

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
  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
Tip
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*:
    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.