Great Vegetarian option..Light first course or main course & Children love it! Best if you use fresh ingredients, but can substitute fresh tomatoes for canned. Ive been making this dish for years. This is my modified version to my aunts in Sicily (Italy),who had shown me. Its been a huge hit & requested regularly at dinner parties or at a busy family day visit! Hope you enjoy.
You can use less than a 500gm pack of pasta,as you may have left over semi cooked pasta, I suggest a reputable brand as some shell pasta breaks very easily even when par-cooking it. You may also use extra peeled tomato can to ensure you have ample sauce. This dish is not to be saucy, but well coated so it has ample moisture. Oven temperatures vary according to different ovens. You can use less shredded cheese if you choose to,as its a ricotta pasta,but it will lessen flavour a little. I add Fetta at times, more for adults than children. You will,after cooking this the first time, adjust it to your tasting..ie,more or less tomato concasse'. Garnish with Fresh Basil leaves or shredded parley.