Very yummy dish, shell noodles with a homemade sauce and three different cheeses. My family loves it.

Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Combine the tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, minced onion, salt, pepper and oregano in a saucepan. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta shells and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and rinse with cool water.

  • Put a layer of cooked shells in a greased 3 quart casserole dish. After the shells, you put in the cottage cheese and spread it out to cover all the shells. Layer on the sauce, then another layer of shells, then the mozzarella cheese and more sauce. Add the last layer of shells, the parmesan, and finish with a layer of sauce.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

272 calories; protein 20.5g 41% DV; carbohydrates 27.6g 9% DV; fat 9.3g 14% DV; cholesterol 31mg 10% DV; sodium 873.5mg 35% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (17)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2007
I made a lot of changes but only to lower the calories and add more veggies. For the sauce I chopped 1 onion 3 tomatoes and 1 green pepper in the food processor. I combined with 15 oz canned mushrooms and 8 oz tomato sauce. I then added pasta seasoning (basil oregano etc.) but did not cook. I used bowtie pasta and layered: 1/2 pasta 1/2 sauce cottage cheese 1/2 pasta 1/2 sauce mozzarella cheese. This made 8 large servings at only 250 calories each. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/07/2007
husband didnt like the cottage cheese and kids didn't like the tomato's Read More
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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2007
I made a lot of changes but only to lower the calories and add more veggies. For the sauce I chopped 1 onion 3 tomatoes and 1 green pepper in the food processor. I combined with 15 oz canned mushrooms and 8 oz tomato sauce. I then added pasta seasoning (basil oregano etc.) but did not cook. I used bowtie pasta and layered: 1/2 pasta 1/2 sauce cottage cheese 1/2 pasta 1/2 sauce mozzarella cheese. This made 8 large servings at only 250 calories each. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2010
This was very good! I made it exactly as written and we loved it. You could definitely add other vegetables to the sauce and change it up any way you prefer. I always make recipes as they are printed before adding my own touches though and this one is definitely 5 stars as written! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2006
Tasty basic recipe--kind of dish that both adults and kids would like. I followed recipe exactly except that I used ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese (I'm sure either is fine) and I added two cloves of crushed garlic to the sauce. Some of the pasta on the top got a bit hard and crusty--perhaps putting foil loosely on top would prevent this? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2016
I've been making this for years and I really like it. I do a few things differently-I sauté the onion in olive oil in a saucepan along with 1-2 cloves of chopped or pressed garlic. Then I add the other sauce ingredients to the pot. I also add some basil-maybe a teaspoon. I think the next time I might also use a little more macaroni maybe cook 9 oz instead of 8 oz. I also wonder if maybe ricotta cheese would be better than cottage cheese. Anyway it's a really good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2009
This was very good! I also used ricotta cheese because I didn't have cottage cheese. Mine also got a little crusty on the top so next time I will cover with foil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2012
What's not to love about this dish? I must admit that I made one major substitution by halving the recipe and using a jar of Trader Joe's Traditional Marinara Sauce (sorry about that to all those who don't like reviews that change the recipe!). I divided the ingredients between two cereal-bowl-sized Corning dishes following the stated proportions of cheese. I couldn't help but scarf down a few healthy spoonfuls after snapping my photos! Total comfort food! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2009
Everyone loved it. I used romano and cheddar in place of cottage. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2004
We loved this dish. I used a can of petite diced tomatoes and it turned out great. Wouldn't change a thing! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/07/2007
husband didnt like the cottage cheese and kids didn't like the tomato's Read More
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