Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  286
  • Protein  13 g
  • Carbohydrates  27 g
  • Fat  14 g
  • Cholesterol  32 mg
  • Sodium  244 mg
  • Potassium  172 mg
  • Phosphorus  203 mg
  • Calcium  210 mg
  • Fiber  2.6 g

Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon

Lisa,a DaVita renal dietitian and former chef from New York,shares a delicious kidney-friendly recipe Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon. It's are a satisfying,delicious dish perfect for the dialysis diet.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Lisa from New York.

Portions: 6     Serving size: 1 cup


  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 slices bacon, uncooked 
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1-1/2 cups small shell pasta, uncooked
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in large pot for cooking pasta.
  2. Cut better into pieces. Place ricotta, Parmesan cheese, butter and pepper in a bowl large enough to hold cooked pasta.
  3. Cut bacon into 1/4” strips. In a medium, nonstick skillet over medium heat add oil and bacon and fry until crisp, 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels.
  4. Chop onion and mince garlic. Add onion to the same skillet and cook until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer onion mixture to the bowl with ricotta mixture.
  5. Boil pasta. When pasta is about 1 minute shy of al dente (still slightly hard), add peas and continue to cook for 1 minute. Reserving 1-cup cooking water, drain pasta and peas.
  6. Add 1/2-cup cooking water and lemon juice to ricotta mixture and whisk until smooth. Add pasta and peas to bowl and toss to coat, adding more reserved cooking water as necessary to moisten pasta. Stir in crisp bacon and add additional pepper to taste.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 meat
  • 1-1/2 starch
  • 1/2 milk
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Compare brands and select the lowest sodium bacon.

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Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon

JeffinBR says:


OMG, you have to try this recipe! It is out of this world, crazy good! I make it all the time and don't change a thing. It never, ever fails to satisfy.

Jul. 22, 2014, 11:37 AM - Inappropriate review?

Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon

2bichondogs says:


This is so good! I break it down and make One serving. I use quinoa pasta for complete protein. Very similar to Rachael Rays pea and pasta. In fact, you can take most receipes and create kidney friendly food. You just have to count your potassium/phorphorus levels, consider sodium and know your own personal numbers.

Dec. 26, 2013, 3:27 PM - Inappropriate review?

Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon

TLJ911 says:


I thought this was ok - would make again as a side dish or maybe try adding some tuna to it as a main dish (trying to increase my protein.) Liked how creamy it was while restricting phosphorous and potassium. Thanks

Jan. 29, 2013, 2:24 PM - Inappropriate review?

Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon

anzarim says:


This dish sounds great! Is it appropriate for someone with diabetes? If not, could it be modified? Moderator comment: It depends on your goal for carbohydrates at a meal. Suggest serve a smaller portion as a side dish if you are limiting carbs to 45 g or less.

Oct. 07, 2012, 3:26 PM - Inappropriate review?

Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon

nanbridg says:


Made this for lunch followed recipe carefully tried to eat Dumped whole thing down disposal what a waste of food

Apr. 17, 2012, 12:08 PM - Inappropriate review?

Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon

gogi says:


GREAT recipe!

Nov. 08, 2011, 1:12 PM - Inappropriate review?

Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon

lewislh says:


A great dish to make at the last minute. Can be used as the main course with salad and bread or as a side dish.

May. 21, 2010, 4:35 PM - Inappropriate review?

Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon

randolph says:


One of our favorites - especially since we don't eat bacon that often. Also, I use Dreamfield Pasta, so as a diabetic, I can enjoy it as well.

Jan. 03, 2010, 9:01 AM - Inappropriate review?

Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon

towilson says:


This recipe was a big surprise. I didn't expect it to be as creamy as it was. The ricotta worked well. I did like it better the second day, as it seemed to pick up a bit more flavor from the bacon.

Nov. 23, 2009, 6:20 PM - Inappropriate review?

Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon

tjdwilson says:


Good recipe. A clever way to use the cooking water to create a creamy sauce with the cheeses.

Jun. 01, 2009, 1:14 PM - Inappropriate review?

Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon



Absolutely delicious. Easy to make and freezes great also.

Mar. 14, 2009, 12:46 PM - Inappropriate review?

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