Shell-shape pasta staffed with creamy ricotta and smoked salmon and baked into a casserole makes a great Sunday lunch crowd pleaser.
For being Italian I post pasta dishes really WAY too rarely. I’ve just never been into pasta, really! Ever since I was a little girl I have always preferred fish and veggies over meat and pasta. That’s just the way I was and still am.
However when I am in Italy I like to have lunch on Sundays with my family, and pasta is generally something that is never missing on our dining table.
Just a few weekends before flying to Shanghai, my parents invited me over for lunch so I offered to help making a new pasta casserole. Well let me tell you they LOVED it and I did too!
Covered in béchamel sauce and then baked to make a crispy crust on top, this pasta is creamy and with a very delicate flavour.
Hope you guys like it 🙂
Ingredients (serves 4):
- 16 large shell-shape pasta
- 100 g fresh ricotta cheese
- 100 g smoked salmon
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese + more
- 50 g fresh mozzarella cheese
- 100 ml béchamel sauce
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
In a large bowl combine the smoked salmon (cut into strips), ricotta cheese, 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese and parsley
Using a fork mix them all together
Boil pasta al dente according to package instructions, adding salt into the boiling water. Drain, rinse under cold water and drizzle with a tbsp of olive oil
Spread a few tbsp of béchamel sauce at the bottom of a baking tray. Using a tsp staff the shelled shaped pasta with the salmon and ricotta filling
Add some grated mozzarella
Cover with the remaining béchamel sauce and some grated parmesan cheese
NOTE: I find the using a béchamel which is more on the runny side rather than very dense, will give you a better result, as it will keep the dish nice and moist after baking
Bake in preheated oven at 200C for about 20 min or until the top starts getting golden a little crispy on top.
Remove and let cool down for 15 min before serving.
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