Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sunday Eats - A Bit Early

Abby Lab here -The Bat Phone went off today, so Dad and I are supposed to post the post that Mom had saved. She'll be back in a couple of days, we hope.  I didn't get any of the finished product as it had garlic in it (toxic for pups) but boy did I get some of that awesome Oberweis Cheese as there were some shreds left in the food processor after grating.

Homestyle Shells and Cheese.


In a large saucepan melt 1/4 cup butter (4 Tbsp.)
Whisking constantly, slowly whisk in 1/3 cup flour and continue to whisk on medium heat for 3 minutes.
Whisk in 3 cups Oberweis milk (we used low fat to be a bit healthier), raising heat to high for just a minute at the start, then lowering to medium to finish cooking, stirring several times a minute.

Stir in two packages of cheese (reserving about 1/3 to  1/2 cup to sprinkle on the top)

1 package of Oberweis mild cheddar
1 package of Oberseis sharp cheddar (available from Overweis home delivery).

(about two cups of cheese if you want to use pre-shredded, but using block cheese brings the flavor up to a whole new level).
Add spices:

1/4 tsp dried sage
1/4 Penzey's roasted garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
A dash of Scoville Brothers Cowboy Crooner (from Indiana) or your favorite hot sauce
Several shakes of black pepper
A couple shakes of Braggs all-purpose seasoning (no salt) or your favorite low sodium all-purpose seasoning.

Continue heating cheddar sauce on low stirring occasionally until cheese is melted while you cook pasta.

Cook 8-12 ounces of dried shells (depending on how "saucy" you wish it) six minutes then rinse in a colander in cold water to stop the cooking (you want them a bit firm as they will finish cooking in the oven.)

Place cooked and drained pasta in a 13 x 9-inch pan,  Pour cheese sauce over, stirm and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Cook in pre-heated 350 F. oven for 30-35 minutes until edges are just starting to brown.  Do not overcook.


  1. Hari OM
    Aw crikey, it's barely brekky time here and now I want dinner... Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  2. Now that looks delish! Thanks Abby and Dad for taking care of business!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  3. Mom Kim here - I love a good shells and cheese dish. I've never tried it with those spices before but I do have those spices in other foods so I bet I would like them in this. We don't have an Oberweis here and from what I have seen on their website, wouldn't be able to get it either. But I am good at finding substitutes - I love experimenting in the kitchen.

  4. that looks super tasty... I love things with truckloads of cheese :o)


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