Cheddar Shells + Cheese 🌟
Good Evening, Friends!
There are few things better in this world than enjoying a comforting meal amongst family and friends. And part of that joy can come not only from sharing the meal itself, but in sharing the preparation of it. I remember in my family, on the weekends, how we would turn on some good music and make a party out of it— even if it was just a few of us. What could have been a tedious effort quickly turned into celebration and bonding—and recipe sharing!! And I must say, this is the perfect meal for the whole family to participate in. Making pasta can be a lot of fun, especially when the dough bears some semblance to play-doh.😋 And you don’t necessarily have to make shells, you can let everyone put their creative hats on and come up with their own designs!
And forgive my lack of modesty, but this dish is SO delicious!! It’s really exciting to have Mac and Cheese back in my life and I can’t wait for you to try this grain-free version. It has absolutely become a staple in our kitchen and I hope it will in yours, too. 💕
Tips For Today:
-Vegan version of pasta at the end of the post.
-You can make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. Just make sure to wrap it tightly in saran wrap and then knead it to bring it back to a play-doh like texture. You can add a drop or two of water to make it easier.
-Do not leave your shells out too long after forming them or they will dry out.
-We added our grain-free bread crumbs to our shells and cheese before baking, it adds an extra crunch. But it is also absolutely delicious without them.
-If you don’t have the time to make our pasta and you can tolerate chickpeas, Banza also makes grain-free pasta shells- their ingredient list is chickpeas, tapioca flour, pea protein and xanthan gum.
Onto the recipe!
First, make your cheese sauce and set aside. Then create your pasta dough.
Shape your dough: Take a small pinch of your dough, roll it into a ball in the center of your hand and press into the middle of the ball with your index finger while cupping your hand.
Cupping your hand at the same time will curl the edges forward, creating a shell. Place formed shells onto parchment paper.
Send pasta in for a quick boil and then drain in colander.
Mix shells with cheese sauce, top with shredded cheddar + grain-free breadcrumbs if desired and bake until golden brown around the edges. Serve and enjoy!
Enjoy The Recipe + Happy Pasta Making!😊