Home-Style Baked Shells & Cheese



  • 10 ounces shells (or macaroni, whatever you have on hand or your kids like better)
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube (optional)
  • 1 Alfredo sauce (recipe)
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (the cheap stuff)
  • 1 cup half-and-half (or milk will do in a pinch)
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    1. Preheat oven to 375 & grease a 2 quart casserole dish.
    2. Bring water to boil add chicken bouillon and shells, cook following package directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water before draining shells.
    3. Prepare Alfredo sauce (recipe follows) while shells are cooking. Melt butter in a saucepan add cheese and half and half, stir until all is melted...3 minutes.
    4. Transfer the shells to the casserole dish, add the Alfredo sauce, 2 cups of the cheese, the reserved pasta water and salt & pepper, and stir until the ingredients are will combined. Cover the shells with the remaining cup of cheese, scatter the top with bread crumbs.
    5. Bake until the shells and cheese are bubbly and the bread crumbs are lightly browned, 25-30 minutes, serve at once.
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