Dinner / Sides

Creamy Garlic Shells

There are two types of people in this world. Morning people, and those who hate morning people. I’m the second type. My husband and daughter are not.

Today was the munchkin’s first day of middle school. My alarm goes off at 6:00 AM. I’m laying there trying to tell myself I have to move, and here comes my daughter, hopping on the bed fully dressed, and cheerfully telling me it’s time to get up! It could be worse, I suppose. I could’ve had to drag myself out of bed and her, so I shouldn’t complain too much. Still! We did make it to school on time, and I’m told the first day went well, so there’s that. πŸ™‚

I had all kinds of plans for what I was going to get done today having the house to myself for the first time in forever! I think I got maybe half of it done? Not too bad, right? By the time I got to dinner, I just wanted to make it quick and sit down and eat, which is one of the reasons I only have one picture for this. The other is that, while I wouldn’t call it hard to make, it does move rather quickly, so stopping to take pictures at each step wasn’t really an option unless I wanted to burn something. I highly recommend you get all of your ingredients measured out and ready to go in the pan before you turn the heat on. I didn’t do that the first time I made this. Had to throw out the butter and garlic and start over. It was bad. πŸ™

These go amazingly well with fish, chicken, or really anything involving Parmesan cheese and/or Italian type seasonings. Enjoy!

Creamy Garlic Shells
Serves 3
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 oz. shell pasta
  2. 1 Tbsp butter
  3. 1 tsp minced garlic
  4. 1 Tbsp flour
  5. 1/2 cup milk
  6. 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  7. 6 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  8. 1/2 teaspoon parsley
  9. 1/8 teaspoon Black pepper
  10. 1/8 tsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to box instructions, set aside.
  2. In a sauce pan, melt butter over low heat. Once the butter has melted, add garlic and let cook for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add flour and stir until smooth and bubbly.
  4. Slowly pour in chicken broth and milk. Whisk until everything is smooth, making sure to get all of the flour and butter off the bottom of the pan.
  5. Turn heat up to medium low, just below a boil and let cook, whisking frequently until it’s thick enough to coat your spoon.
  6. Add in Parmesan cheese and seasonings, and whisk until smooth.
  7. Add the noodles to the pan and mix until well coated.
Adapted from Mac and Molly
Adapted from Mac and Molly
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