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Tomato, Basil, Cheese Pasta Bake by

Source: Budget Savvy Diva

Tags: Pasta, Casserole

Ingredients

1 pound of small shell pasta
2 small shallots diced
1 table of Olive Oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 (28-ounce) can crushed Italian tomatoes, any brand
14 Leaves of Basil cut finely ( feel free to use less )
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon of Oregano
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 cup of basil pesto sauce
1 cup of ricotta cheese
2 cups of shredded mozzarella

Instructions

1) Use broiler set to 375
2) Cook the pasta al dente meaning under cook the pasta by a few minutes.
3) Meanwhile heat oil in a large skillet add shallots and cook for 6 minutes then add garlic and cook for one more minute. Add tomatoes + seasonings. Allow to simmers add basil.
4) Place pasta in a lightly oiled casserole dish
5) Mix in pesto and ricotta cheese
6) Top with sauce
7) Top with mozzarella cheese
8) Place in the oven covered for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake till cheese is golden brown

Servings: 6

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