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Asparagus, Shrimp and Shells Bake

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Ingredients 11
  • Servings 4

frozen asparagus cuts provide a simple addition to this shrimp and pasta bake - a mouth-watering cheesy dinner! ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

6
oz. (about 2 cups) uncooked medium shell pasta
2
tablespoons margarine or butter
2
garlic cloves, minced
2
tablespoons all purpose or unbleached flour
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
2
cups milk
8
oz. (2 cups) shredded Swiss cheese
1
lb. shelled deveined cooked medium shrimp, tails removed
1
(9-oz.) pkg. frozen asparagus cuts, thawed
1/4
cup chopped fresh parsley

Steps

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  • 1
    Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Melt margarine in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook about 1 minute. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until well blended; cook until bubbly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until mixture boils and thickens. Reduce heat to low. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese. Cook, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat.
  • 3
    Add cooked pasta, shrimp, asparagus and parsley; toss gently to mix. Pour into sprayed casserole. Cover with foil.
  • 4
    Bake at 350°F. for 25 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake, uncovered, an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until casserole is bubbly and cheese is melted.

Expert Tips

  • Your favorite medium-sized pasta shape can be used in place of the pasta shells in this recipe.
  • The combination of milk and Swiss cheese in this casserole ensures each serving is an excellent source of calcium.
  • Cook the pasta up to one day in advance and drain it. Toss it with a few drops of olive oil and cool. Place the pasta in a resealable food storage plastic bag and refrigerate it until you assemble the casserole.
  • Use chopped fresh basil in addition to or in place of the parsley in this recipe. Assemble the casserole in a decorative dish. Just before serving, tuck sprigs of fresh basil around the edges of the casserole, and arrange a few leaves in the center.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories
620
Calories from Fat
230
% Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
40%
Saturated Fat
13g
65%
Cholesterol
285mg
95%
Sodium
870mg
36%
Total Carbohydrate
46g
15%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
8g
Protein
51g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%
35%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
80%
80%
Iron
35%
35%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable; 6 Very Lean Meat; 4 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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