Basil Pasta Shells Recipe

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Basil and cherry tomatoes add pizzazz to this cheesy dish suggested by Canton, New York field editor Marcia Hostetter. "It's a light casserole that's nice enough to serve to company," she says.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked medium pasta shells
  • 8 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 pound Canadian bacon, diced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

One 1-cup serving equals 360 calories, 9 g fat (0 saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 523 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 20 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 meat


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onions in oil until tender. Stir in the tomatoes, bacon, basil and pepper; cook and stir until tomatoes are softened. Rinse and drain pasta; stir into tomato mixture. Add half of the cheese.
  2. Transfer to a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Basil Pasta Shells in Taste of Home October/November 1999, p17

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Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"My family loves the combination of canadian bacon and tomatoes. Sometimes I substitute a can of diced roasted tomatoes or even salsa to mix it up a bit."

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