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Garlic Bread and Stuffed Shells

My freshman year of college, I was very into the “dinners” you could order from every run of the mill pizza place. For about 8 bucks, you could score a huge serving of pasta (at the time baked ziti was my poison of choice), a side salad, and a chunk of garlic bread. Tonight we did the same sort of thing, but classed up because…uh…I cooked it.

There was a day old baguette on the bread cart when we went shopping today, and it was just begging to be made into garlic bread, so it met its fate just like that.

garlic bread
To make: Mix together some soft EB, minced garlic, and oregano. Coat the sliced bread in the EB mixture, and then sprinkle dried basil on top. Bake for ten minutes at 375F or whatever you have the oven set at for the rest of the meal.

For the pasta component, I went with stuffed shells, since I bought the pasta awhile ago, and I’ve been meaning to stuff them FOREVER. I made the cashew ricotta from V’con for the filling, and jazzed it up a bit with some julienned fresh basil.

stuffed shells
The red sauce was made up of stewed tomatoes, sherry, dried basil, oregano, garlic salt, and dried chili flakes. YUM. The sauce coated the bottom of a casserole dish, the shells went down over that, and another layer of sauce went on top. This baked at 375F for twenty minutes, sharing the last ten of those (minutes) with the garlic bread. It was almost creepy how much like real ricotta this tasted…or maybe I’m just getting used to it, now that I’ve made it a couple times and haven’t had actual ricotta in awhile.

The salad didn’t get a picture, but it was pretty standard as salads go…I’m sure you can imagine it.


5 comments to Garlic Bread and Stuffed Shells

  • Virginia

    that looks so good! and i personally worship the cashew ricotta from Veganomicon…especially on pizza but i am sure it is probably amazing in pasta dishes too!!!

  • seitanismymotor

    I haven’t had garlic bread in such a long time! Would you mind to send me a slice? ;)

  • Vegetation

    Mmmm both look really good (I wish so badly that I could try that tofu ricotta!!).

  • Missy


    Your recipe looks devine. Yummers! I need to work on my food photography, as i make good Hispanic veg dishes but am embarrassed at my photo skills. LoL.

    Would love a spot on your blogroll.


  • be'ershevaboheme6

    hey missy

    I added groovy vegetarian to my blogroll, the site looks awesome.

    I’d love if you’d add me too!

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