I recently bought the chunky lumaconi pasta shells and thought that the first dish made with them should be a pasta bake, and that's what I made. I went with the classic combination of pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil here. I stuffed the pasta shells with mozzarella cherries that had been rolled in pesto, covered them with a heirloom tomato sauce and a bit of extra cheese and baked in the oven.
The firm giant pasta stuffed with fragrant pesto, melting mozzarella and covered in fresh tomato sauce made a very good combination indeed. Here's my recipe.
3 large heirloom tomatoes
3 garlic cloves
2 tbsp tomato purée
Salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
Handful of basil leaves
2 garlic cloves
10 g pine nuts
4 tbsp olive oil
200 g mozzarella cherries
12 lumaconi pasta shells
Vegetarian pasta cheese
Make the tomato sauce first by cooking the finely chopped onion and garlic until soft and then adding the finely chopped heirloom tomatoes. Let simmer and season to taste.
Prepare the stuffing by puréeing the pesto ingredients together and mixing them with the mozzarella cherries.
Cook the lumaconi in water until al dente, cool them down with cold water so that they are easier to handle.
Stuff the lumaconi with the mozzarella cherries and pour the tomato sauce on the top.
Grate little vegetarian pasta cheese for the top.
Bake at 180 C for about 20 minutes.