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Simple Conchiglie (Shell) Pasta with Fresh Basil Leaves and Parmesan

Simple Conchiglie (Shell) Pasta with Fresh Basil Leaves and Parmesan


Updated post.

I have all the pasta for you today!


I’ve presented it in a more quirky way. I hope you like it!

pasta with basil leaves

It admittedly looks more art installation than pasta dish but humour me!

pasta shells

Now I’m a blogger so of course bowls bursting to the brim with pasta is what my kids actually eat that do not look like the above but I wanted to style up the plate and make the pasta shells look as pretty as possible.

You can opt for gluten-free too.

So here’s how to create this dish (in bigger bowls of course) for all the family!


Serves 4

  • 500g pasta shells
  • 1 organic chicken or vegetable stock cube
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small bunch of fresh basil, finely chopped
  • Parmesan, grated


Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling water. Add the stock cube so the pasta absorbs the flavours. When cooked and al dente (my kids like it a bit softer) drain keeping some of the juice for the bowl. Drizzle in olive oil, decorate with finely chopped basil and add the grated parmesan.

Quick, easy, no fuss pasta for all the family.

Let me know if you make this pasta dish!

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