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Pasta shells

What are pasta shells? About the ingredient pasta shells. Including 78 recipes with pasta shells, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Pasta in the shape of seashells, commonly known as "seashells", the name derives from the Italian word for seashell (conchiglia).

shell pasta

It is usually sold in the plain durum wheat variety, and also in colored varieties which utilize natural pigments, such as tomato extract, squid ink or spinach extract.

The shell shape of the pasta is good at catching the sauce. It is one of the most popular pasta types in the UK.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup elbow shaped (140g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 221Calories from Fat 11
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.3g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 43.2g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Sugars 0.8
Protein 8.1g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Pasta shells are usually found in the pasta section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Pasta shells are a member of the Cereal Grains and Pasta USDA nutritional food group.

How much do pasta shells weigh?

measure grams
1 cup elbow shaped 140
1 cup spiral shaped 134
1 cup small shells 115

In Chinese:意大利面壳
British (UK) term: Pasta shells
en français:coquillettes
en español:conchas de pasta

Recipes using pasta shells

There are 75 recipes that contain this ingredient.

Asparagus Chicken Pasta with Parmesan
Creamy Seafood Pasta Salad
Fresh California Tomato Summer Soup
Fresh Tomato-Vegetable Soup
Hearty Vegetarian Minestrone
Marinated Pasta Salad
Mix and Match Casserole
Pasta Shells with Salmon, Tomatoes and Toasted Bread Crumbs
Skillet Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli and Mushrooms
Spinach Stuffed Shells
Stuffed Pasta Shells

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