Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total Time
1 Hour 30 Mins
Serves 6

Time: 1 1/2 hours.

How to Make It

Step 1

Make sauce: In a 5- to 6-qt. pan over medium-high heat, cook onion and garlic in oil, stirring often, until golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick, 25 to 30 minutes. Measure sauce; you'll need 4 1/2 cups. To reduce, simmer longer; to increase, just add water. Pulse sauce in a food processor into a coarse purée.

Step 2

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 475° and prepare shells and filling: Cook pasta according to package directions until tender. Drain and rinse under cold running water until cool enough to handle.

Step 3

Using a mandoline or vegetable peeler, slice zucchini and carrots very thinly lengthwise. In a large bowl, toss vegetables with marjoram, mozzarella, chickpeas, and pepper.

Step 4

Spread marinara sauce in a 9- by 13-in. baking dish. Generously fill each pasta shell with a scant 1/2 cup vegetable mixture, mounding filling, and set pasta filled-side up in sauce. Cover tightly with foil.

Step 5

Bake shells until mozzarella melts, 12 to 15 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with parmesan, and bake until parmesan begins to brown, 10 to 12 minutes more. With a wide spatula, transfer shells and some sauce to plates. Serve with remaining sauce.

Step 6

Make ahead: Complete dish through step 4, then chill up to 1 day. Preheat oven to 450° and heat shells, covered, until filling is hot (about 30 minutes). Continue as directed in step

Step 7

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ratings & Reviews

ShellyV's Review

January 31, 2010
I thought the flavor in this recipe was really good. My struggle was finding pasta shells large enough to fill. I tried two stores. If I make again, I'll either need to slice the vegetables much smaller or perhaps wrap in lasagana noodles instead. I would try again just because the marinara sauce was so good!

katrack's Review

September 03, 2009
My family liked this dish very much and they are picky eaters. I used two cans of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato sauce instead of the fresh tomatoes, tomato paste, and wine. I served it with some freshly baked crescent rolls. The cooking temperature and times were accurate for me.