Pasta Shells with Herbs Recipe
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Pasta Shells with Herbs Recipe

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"I grow my own herbs, and this dish showcases them perfectly," says Marilyn Pozzo from Salmo, British Columbia. "Red pepper slices and a sprinkling of parsley dress up the pasta shells in a simple yet eye-pleasing way. My husband and our three young children enjoy this on the side with grilled pork, bee, chicken and fish."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 12 ounces uncooked medium pasta shells
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh tarragon, basil, thyme or oregano or 1 tablespoon dried tarragon, basil, thyme or oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 308 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 448 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 9 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 1-1/2 fat.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute the red pepper and garlic in butter and oil until tender. Drain pasta; add to pepper mixture. Add the remaining ingredients; toss to combine. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pasta Shells with Herbs in Light & Tasty December/January 2002, p48

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Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"Excellent dish! Easy, with outstanding flavor. I used a 16oz box of shell pasta so I increased milk to 3/4cup and used 1&1/2Tbs of dried tarragon and about 3/4 cup fresh parsley. I sauted pepper and 4 garlic cloves in 3 Tbs each of butter and oil. I served this with meatloaf and fresh steamed broccoli. My husband wants me to serve this with italian sausage. I am anxious to make again and try a different herb, or maybe use italian seasoning. This dish has alot of potential with variations of herbs and will complement a variety of main dishes."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"Simple and delicious"

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"My whole family LOVED this! It got cleaned up fast and my kids and husband were bummed there wasn't any left. It's so easy to make and will be made often in our house!"

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