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Pasta Shells with garlic butter & parmesan cheese sauce

05/02/2011 - 6 comments

This evening, as usual, I had to scramble to find something to make for dinner.  I got a late start and wanted something easy since it was just the kids and I.  I pulled out some shell shaped pasta and scoured the web for a non-tomato sauce, sauce to go with it.

I stumbled across a recipe on that I modified only slightly and came up with this quick and easy dish that everyone asked for seconds of (well, my son had thirds).

It’s not super low in fat as it does have butter, but I used fat-free cream and reduced fat parmesan cheese to make it a little healthier and really the taste wasn’t sacrificed with those modifications.

I calculated the Weight Watchers PointsPlus values to be 7 pts per 2 oz. serving*.

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Pasta Shells with garlic butter & parmesan cheese sauce
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Easy, tasty, reduced fat Pasta Shells with garlic butter & parmesan cheese sauce. it resembles an alfredo sauce.
Recipe type: entree
Serves: 8
  • 1 box (1 lb) medium pasta shells
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 cup reduced fat grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • dash of pepper
  • ½ cup fat free dairy creamer
  1. Cook shells according to package directions.
  2. Saute garlic in butter.
  3. Add parmesan, salt & pepper and stir.
  4. Add cream and continue to stir until smooth.
  5. Drain shells, return to pot and coat pasta with sauce.
At 8 servings, this is more of a side dish, if you are making it a meal you can expect to only feed 4 people with it. It would be soooo good with a piece of grilled garlic chicken and some seasoned green beans. I calculated the Weight Watchers PointsPlus values to be 7 pts per 2 oz. serving*. Values may vary based upon actual products used.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 oz Calories: 395 Fat: 5.5 Carbohydrates: 52 Fiber: 2 Protein: 8.5

It was quite rich (in a good way), so if you are concerned over the nutrition info, you could probably reduce the butter by half and increase the cream.

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  • Reply Erika K @ Best Food Processor Info 11/30/2011 at 10:47 am

    This looks so good up-close :) Could easily throw a little ham (or someone else mentioned chicken) and make a full meal out of it without that many more calories or fat.

    You could even bake it a little with a sprinkle of cheese on top, make a casserole out of it if you wanted.

    Yum! Will be using this recipe yet this week. :)


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  • Reply Jen-Eighty MPH Mom 11/15/2011 at 10:05 pm

    I love pasta…and this looks so good!

  • Reply Kim 05/12/2011 at 11:49 pm

    Oh my that looks devine!

  • Reply Lorie Shewbridge 05/07/2011 at 8:35 pm

    That looks delicious! I make something similar and like Eileen, I add chicken to it.

  • Reply trisha 05/03/2011 at 1:20 pm

    that looks good minus all the fat free stuff. LOL!

  • Reply Eileen 05/03/2011 at 2:11 am

    Hey Kim…my family loves this too, and sometimes we add in cooked chicken breast chunks and sauteed mushrooms with the garlic to make a whole meal. Well, and some veggies on the side too. I just use 2 % milk instead of cream. I am glad to hear the WW value as I am going to try it again. THANKS!