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Padre Island Shells

A delicious imitation crab casserole.

Course: Dinner
Servings: 6 servings
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 3 1/2 cups medium shell whole wheat pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 pound imitation crab meat
  • 1 can cream of shrimp soup
  • 1 cup dry Italian bread crumbs
  1. In a large saucepan, saute' green pepper and green onion in 2 tablespoons butter until tender. Stir in the flour and salt until blended. Gradually stir in half-and-half. Bring to a simmer; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in tomato and parsley.
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in 1 cup of cheese until melted. Stir in pasta, imitation crab and cream of shrimp soup. Transfer to a greased shallow 3 quart baking dish. Cover and bake at 350º for 30 minutes.
  3. Melt the remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle along outer edges of baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese down the center. Bake, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.