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Cheesy Monster Eyes

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Cheesy Monster Eyes
  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 6
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Get creative with dinner! Serve these pasta shells baked with three types of cheese and meatballs to resemble monster faces – perfect if you like Italian cuisine.

Ingredients

18
jumbo pasta shells (from 12-oz package)
1
jar (26 to 28 oz) tomato pasta sauce
1
egg, slightly beaten
1
container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
1
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
2
teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/4
teaspoon garlic powder
18
frozen cooked Italian-style meatballs (from 16-oz bag)
4
to 6 pitted ripe olives, sliced
Red bell pepper, lettuce, sugar snap peas, green grapes, and green onions if desired

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook pasta as directed on package; drain. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, reserve 1 tablespoon pasta sauce; pour remaining sauce into baking dish. In medium bowl, mix egg, ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, the basil and garlic powder.
  • 3 Fill each cooked pasta shell with about 2 tablespoons cheese mixture. Arrange filled shells, cheese mixture up, in dish over sauce. Press 1 meatball into cheese mixture in each shell to resemble eye.
  • 4 Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Use drop of reserved pasta sauce to attach ripe olive slice to each meatball to resemble pupil of eye. To create a face, arrange eyes on each plate with red pepper mouth, grape nose, lettuce and sugar snap peas eyebrows and green onion hair.
Tips  

One serving is three shells. Make a face using two shells for eyes, and offer the additional shells during the meal.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
630
(
Calories from Fat
250
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
28g
43%
(
Saturated Fat
12g
60%
,
Trans Fat
1g
)
Cholesterol
160mg
53%
Sodium
1500mg
62%
Potassium
800mg
23%
Total Carbohydrate
57g
19%
(
Dietary Fiber
4g
15%
,
Sugars
12g
)
Protein
38g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
50%
50%
Iron
25%
25%
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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