1 cup canned chickpeas (garbanzos), rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
How to Make It
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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