Lemon and basil ricotta stuffed shells in a champagne cream sauce is just as decadent as it sounds. Ps. I made my own ricotta!

Can you EVEN believe I almost forgot to share with you this delicious baked pasta recipe? It was back in November when I made this pasta and I remember the day perfectly…

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It was real sunny. My hair in a scrunchy, the stretchy grey comfy-pants are on, I was totally rocking the whole I-don’t-give-a-care-what-I-look-like-it’s-my-day-off look like nobody’s business. I’d once again put laundry on the back burner that afternoon {who has time for THAT?}, turned on a little Florence and the Machine, opened the fridge to get the creamer for my coffee and then I spied the champagne and then… the cream. I squinted at the cream… then back to the champagne… then back to the cream… then, well you get the point.

POW (that’s the exact sound it makes in my brain when a recipe happens)! Thanks to one-too-many aired Olive Garden commercials advertising some pasta dish with champagne cream sauce and of course a huge THANKS to that left over lemon and basil ricotta, because at that very second it dawned on me; PRC… pasta, ricotta, champagne cream sauce! Not only was it fun to make… but a little messy, messy and I got to sip on a lot little bubbly while I was cooking. It was only 12:30ish… it felt awesome. It WAS awesome.

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Please don’t think I ran out and bought champagne. No, no, no… I have had it in my fridge for two freeeeaking years! My friend Heidi left it two {maybe three} New Year’s Eves ago! Does champagne go bad??

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Butter a baking dish and set aside.

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On the large holes of your box grater; shred a cup of Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese.

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Season the ricotta with a little extra salt and pepper if you haven’t already.

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Combine half of the pecorino with the ricotta and set aside.

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And then measure out 3/4 cup of champagne.

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Next, cook the pasta just short of al dente in salted water.

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Then drain and spread them out onto a rimmed sheet pan or some parchment paper.

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Next, use spoon to stuff each shell with some of the cheese and place them in your prepared dish.

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Then in a small sauce pan, melt three tablespoons of butter and add some finely minced garlic. I pressed mine in with a garlic press, it saves SO much time.

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Next, whisk until the garlic softens and is fragrant but not brown.

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Then add in the flour and whisk, whisk, whisk until it is absorbed. Cook the flour mixture for a minute.

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Next pour in the champagne…

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Then add in the half a cup of heavy cream. Whisk, whisk, whisk some more.

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Next, season with fresh ground black pepper.

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And then pour it over the stuffed shells. If things are smelling heavenly, then you’re on the right track!

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Next, top with the remaining Pecorino Romano and place in a 350 degree oven until the cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling. I didn’t write how long I baked this for, sorry bout that. If I had to guess it was 20-25 minutes.

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Finally, remove and let the ricotta stuffed shells cool a bit before serving. Sometimes all one needs is a little pasta, a little cream sauce and a glass of champagne in the middle of the afternoon to make’em feel awesome.

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Enjoy! And if you give this Ricotta Stuffed Shells recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Lemon-Basil Ricotta Stuffed Shells in a Champagne Cream Sauce
Yield: 4

Lemon-Basil Ricotta Stuffed Shells in a Champagne Cream Sauce

Lemon and basil ricotta stuffed shells in a champagne cream sauce is just as decadent as it sounds. Ps. I made my own ricotta!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box jumbo shells, you won't use them all but some may break in the cooking process
  • 1-1/2 cups lemon basil ricotta
  • 1 cup pecorino romano, grated on the largest holes of a box grater
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 3/4 cup champagne
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • pinch of kosher salt, more or less to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. Butter a large {or two small} baking dish and bring a large pot of water to boil and season generously with kosher salt. Cook the jumbo shell pasta two to three minutes shy of al dente or shy of the box directions.
  3. Mean while, season the ricotta with salt and black pepper. Mix in half of the grated pecorino and set aside.
  4. Once the pasta is partially cooked, drain well and spread out onto a rimmed baking sheet or some parchment paper. With a spoon stuff enough shells until the ricotta is gone and place the stuffed shells into the prepared dishes. Discard or save any unused shells for another purpose.
  5. In a small sauce pan melt three tablespoons of butter, once melted grate or finely minced in the garlic. Cook until fragrant and soft, but not browned. Whisk in the three tablespoons of flour and cook, while whisking, for a minute. Pour in champagne, still whisk while you pour in the heavy cream. Let bubble, whisking often, until slightly thick 1-2 minutes. Add some fresh ground black pepper, then remove and pour evenly over the stuffed shells.
  6. Place in a preheated oven and bake until the cheese has melted and the sauce is bubbly. About 20-25 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 17g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 87mg Sodium: 365mg Carbohydrates: 25g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 4g Protein: 14g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
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