7 Grown-Up Recipes for Pasta Shells

Ricotta-and-Fontina-Stuffed Shells with Fennel and Radicchio © Christina Holmes
By F&W Editors Posted October 19, 2016

Get sophisticated with your pasta shells.

While you can't go wrong with classic macaroni and cheese at any age, being a grown-up means you can also dress up your pasta shells with exciting ingredients. From an umami-packed mushroom pasta to shells with creamy artichoke sauce, here are seven ways to make pasta shells for the adult palate.

1. Baked Shells with Cauliflower and Taleggio

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High-quality pasta makes a big difference in this decadent dish: The shells retain their beautiful texture instead of turning mushy as they bake.

2. Pasta Shells with Shrimp and Garlicky Bread Crumbs

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This fast dish features a tangy lemon anchovy dressing.

3. Pasta with Mushrooms and Mascarpone

Food & Wine:  Pasta with Mushrooms and Mascarpone

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A range of mushrooms including cremini, shiitakes and chanterelles this rich dish it's fantastic earthy flavor.

4. Pasta Shells with Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

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If you've always thought that you dislike Brussels sprouts, you've probably never tried them in a combination like this.

5. Ricotta-and-Fontina-Stuffed Shells with Fennel and Radicchio

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Jumbo shells star in this cheesy, vegetable-packed pasta dish.

6. Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard

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British cookbook author Nigel Slater matches spicy sausage with a creamy mustard sauce.

7. Pasta Shells with Artichoke Cream and Smoked Chicken

Food & Wine: Pasta Shells with Artichoke Cream and Smoked Chicken

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Jarred artichokes make quick work of this smoky, creamy pasta.



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