Marvelous Shells 'n' Cheese Recipe
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Marvelous Shells 'n' Cheese Recipe

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Says Lauren Versweyveld of Delavan, Wisconsin: “This macaroni dish is so good! I adapted the recipe from one my mother makes, but she agrees that my version is rich and delicious. It’s easy to assemble and always receives rave reviews.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) medium pasta shells
  • 1 package (8 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of onion soup, undiluted
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup equals 839 calories, 42 g fat (25 g saturated fat), 113 mg cholesterol, 1,636 mg sodium, 78 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 40 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine process cheese and milk; cook and stir over low heat until melted. Remove from the heat. Stir in cottage cheese and soup.
  2. Drain pasta and add to cheese sauce; stir until coated. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with Mexican cheese blend. Toss bread crumbs with butter; sprinkle over the top.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Serve immediately.
  4. Or before baking, cover and freeze casserole for up to 3 months.
  5. To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake according to directions. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Marvelous Shells 'n' Cheese in Simple & Delicious January/February 2008, p35

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup equals 839 calories, 42 g fat (25 g saturated fat), 113 mg cholesterol, 1,636 mg sodium, 78 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 40 g protein.

Reviews for Marvelous Shells 'n' Cheese

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Reviewed Sep. 6, 2013

"MAKE IT FOR POT LUCKS AT WORK EVERY ONE LOVES IT AND I ADD SOME HAM DELICIOUS"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"No problem finding the cream of onion soup. Made the recipe exactly as printed and dish was delicious. Kids loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2009

"made this and thought it was very good, but when I make any type of baked macroni and cheese I always throw in any types of leftover cheese I have in the frig.So I added sharp cheddar and monterey jack. Did not have any cottage cheese so left that out.Just added more cheese. I found the cream of onion soup at Walmart. Thought it added a different flavor and very good. I also added pepper. Didn't have bread crumbs so I used French's fried onions on the top. very good recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2009

"A little too bland for us, as well. Unfortunately, the cheese items didn't help much in enhancing the taste even when I increased their portions."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2009

"next time I would spice it somewhat with Cayenne or hot peppers. A little too bland for us. Durango"

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