It’s been a while since I last posted a pasta dish. No, I didn’t stop eating pasta, like that’s even possible with my taste bud. Believe me when I tell you that I will never get bored of pasta!
There was a time when I liked my pasta covered with cheese.. lots of cheese. These days, I prefer more lighter version of pasta. I like to toss it with some lemon sauce, spinach sauce or light basil pesto sauce and our lunch gets ready in just few minutes. That is the kind of pasta we are eating these days.
These stuffed jumbo pasta shells were especially made for my friend Anamika of Taste Junction. Anamika is an Indian and currently staying in Bahrain with her loving husband and her darling 2 yr old son. She likes traveling, shopping, reading books and loves chocolates : )
Anamika and I started blogging around the same time and we have been in touch since the beginning. She not only cooks delicious food and takes gorgeous pictures.. she also writes beautiful words, lines and paragraphs after paragraphs.
Read this and you will know what I mean. Her words can make you smile, laugh and at times give you those chills! She is an amazing writer!
Jumbo Pasta was fun to cook.. you can stuff it with any thing you like, from meat to mushroom to veggies. The pasta shells are pretty delicate and you have to show a lot of love while working with them. Don’t over-boil the pasta, I would say 8 minutes is good enough, and definitely use a big pot to boil so that you do not overcrowd them. It’s extremely important to let the shells cool completely before you start stuffing them.
Anamika asked for something vegetarian and she also mentioned that she likes mushroom. So, I chose creamy soft ricotta cheese for the filling and to counter the sweetness from the ricotta, I added some mushroom sauce. Portobello mushroom was my first choice. The texture is amazing and it has a fantastic flavor to it. Having said that, I am sure any other mushroom will make this dish equally tasty.
Just so to enhance the flavor a little bit more, I thought of adding some fresh thyme. The smell of fresh thyme is soothing and it adds a divine flavor to dish. You can use dried thyme too as it’s equally strong in flavor. Just remember to maintain this ratio when you use dried herb instead of fresh ones or vice versa (1 teaspoon dried herb = 1 tablespoon fresh herb)
It was a delicious meal and we both enjoyed it a lot!