Staying on Budget

For people who love money.

Five Cheese Small Shells

If I am cooking for a crowd that involves kids I find it easiest to make some sort of pasta with cheese. I like taking different vegetables and mixing them into a layered pasta dish.  

If you have zero ingredients then this recipe will cost about $22.23 as of April 2022.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Recipe serves: 8

Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup

Equipment needed: 1 pot for pasta, 1 sauté pan and 1 baking dish 13×9 inch.

Total time: 90 minutes

Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices.

Pantry & Spices

  • olive oil $2.77
  • italian seasoning $0.98
  • red pepper flakes $0.98

Grocery

  • 1 zucchini $0.81
  • 1 portobello mushrooms 8 oz $3.29
  • 1 onion $0.62
  • 1 bulb garlic $0.48
  • 1 box small pasta shells 16 oz $0.92
  • 1 tub ricotta cheese 15 oz $2.12
  • 1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese $1.98
  • 1 jar marinara sauce 24 oz $1.88
  • 1 bag sliced provolone $1.84
  • 1 tub grated parmesan romano cheese $1.98
  • 1 container of eggs 1/2 dozen $1.58

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Start a large pot of water and cook 1 pound small pasta shells to al dente.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°
  3. Heat a sauté pan then add:
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • shredded zucchini
    • onion
    • mushrooms
  4. Cook until onions are soft about 4 – 5 minutes
  5. Add garlic for 1 minute
  6. Remove from heat
  7. Drain the pasta
  8. Add 1.5 cups of pasta sauce to the bottom of the pan then:
    • add ½ the noodles
    • top the noodles with sautéed vegetables spreading evenly
    • top the vegetables with the cheese mixture spreading evenly
    • top the cheese mixture with torn slices of provolone cheese
    • add the rest of the noodles over the cheese
    • add the remainder of the sauce to the top spreading evenly
    • sprinkle ¼ cup grated Parmesan-Reggiano over the sauce.
  9. Bake covered for 40 minutes then uncovered for 10 minutes longer. Rest for 15 minutes.

This recipe can also be found in Menu 7 – Family of 4

© 2022 Staying On Budget LLC

stayingonbudget.com is owned and operated by Staying On Budget LLC.

Staying On Budget LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program and earns from qualifying purchases. 

Related articles

Chili-Lime Mushroom Tacos with Rice

Portobello mushrooms are the perfect substitute for meat in these tacos.

Christin Lee

FULL TIME BUDGET BLOGGER

It is fun to think that there might be a short cut but the reality is planning plus diligence equals financial freedom.

My Favorite Articles