Creamy Shells and Cheese



4 1/2 cups (serving size: 1 cup)

Recipe from

Southern Living

Nutritional Information

Calories 331
Caloriesfromfat 27 %
Fat 10 g
Satfat 4 g
Monofat 3.7 g
Polyfat 1.3 g
Protein 18 g
Carbohydrate 41 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 21 mg
Iron 2.2 mg
Sodium 584 mg
Calcium 252 mg


1 1/2 cups small shell pasta, uncooked
5 green onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 3/4 cups fat-free milk
1/2 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
Vegetable cooking spray
8 stone-ground wheat crackers, crushed


Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta, and set aside.

Cook chopped green onions and garlic in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until onions are tender.

Add flour, basil, and milk, whisking constantly until mixture is smooth. Add cream cheese, and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 8 minutes or until mixture thickens. Add Cheddar cheese, hot sauce, and salt, stirring until cheese is melted.

Spoon pasta into a 1-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Add cheese mixture, stirring well. Sprinkle with cracker crumbs.

Bake, covered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

October 2001
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