*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                      BAKED SHELLS WITH MUSHROOM CREAM
 
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Pasta                            Poultry
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1       lb           Medium or Small Shells
                         -- uncooked
    1       tb           Cornstarch
    1 1/2   c            Milk -- divided
      1/2   c            Chicken broth
                         -- homemade or canned
                         Salt
                         Freshly ground pepper
    1       c            Frozen peas -- defrosted
    4       oz           Canned sliced mushrooms
                         -- drained
      1/4   c            Sliced pimentos
    2       c            Diced cooked chicken
                         -- (optional)
      3/4   c            Grated Parmesan cheese
                         -- plus more for passing
      1/4   c            Unseasoned bread crumbs
 
   Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain.
   Rinse the pasta under cold running water until cool
   and drain thoroughly.
   
   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In small bowl, stir
   together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of the milk
   until the cornstarch is dissolved. Heat the remaining
   milk and the chicken broth in a small saucepan over
   medium heat. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and heat,
   stirring, until the sauce is simmering and thickened.
   Add the salt and pepper and simmer 3 minutes. Pour the
   sauce into a bowl, add the peas, mushrooms, pimentos,
   chicken (if using), 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and
   the cooked pasta. Stir the sauce in until it and the
   vegetables are evenly distributed. Transfer to a
   baking dish.
   
   Stir 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese and the bread
   crumbs together in a small bowl and sprinkle the
   mixture over the pasta. Bake until the sauce is
   bubbling and the topping is golden brown, about 15
   minutes. Serve hot, passing additional grated Parmesan
   cheese if desired.
   
   (With chicken) Each serving provides: 440 Calories;
   29.8 g Protein; 61.9 g Carbohydrates; 7.3 g Fat; 44.6
   mg Cholesterol; 486 mg Sodium. Calories from Fat: 15%
   
   Copyright National Pasta Association
   (http://www.ilovepasta.org) (Reprinted with permission)
  
 
 
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