Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  313
  • Protein  13 g
  • Carbohydrates  27 g
  • Fat  14 g
  • Cholesterol  32 mg
  • Sodium  244 mg
  • Potassium  172 mg
  • Phosphorus  203 mg
  • Calcium  191 mg
  • Fiber  3.3 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 meat
  • 2 starch
  • 1/2 vegetable, low potassium
  • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


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Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon
12patches says:

Although my jusband did not complain about this recipe but l didn't care for the ricotta cheese it this recipe. Is there a different fresh cheese that can be used? Dietitian comment: You could substitute cream cheese but the sodium content will be higher.

Oct. 13, 2017, 7:38 AM
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dar209f says:

Delicious!!! Made this for my 89 yo Father, CRD Non dialysis, We love it. great flavor. Easy to make. I used very small amt of pasta water 1/4 cup . Very creamy, not soupy at all

Aug. 11, 2017, 9:26 AM
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pistolesi says:

Followed the recipe step by step. Too soupy. If I make thus again, will add pasta water sparingly to ensure a creamier texture. Flavor was nominal.

Apr. 30, 2017, 1:47 PM
Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon
Josewing says:

I made this recipe for my patients, and they really enjoyed it. I referred to it as a potential mac & cheese alternative, and they seemed to appreciate that. The flavor was good, and the sauce was creamier than expected which was great! I would definitely make this again for the patients. I recommended that if my patients were to make this at home that they consider adding grilled chicken or shrimp for additional protein, and to make it a meal.

Apr. 12, 2017, 7:31 AM
Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon
cranwood says:

I just made this dish and it is okay. Is it meant to be eaten hot or cold? Doesn't really say. People write it is better second day? Hot or cold? Dietitian comment: I served it as a hot dish, however I believe it would also be suitable to serve as a chilled pasta salad.

Oct. 17, 2016, 4:59 PM
Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon
DCELynn says:

My son and husband (who has stage 4 CKD) are bacon lovers and really enjoy this recipe. However, I am wondering if the amount of uncooked pasta listed in the ingredients is correct. Every time I make the dish there seems to be way too much sauce, even though I measure and follow directions carefully. I always end up using at least 2 cups of uncooked pasta (instead of the 1 1/2 cups listed)--usually more--in order to make it seem proportional. And yes, I am measuring the pasta BEFORE it is cooked, so that is not the problem. I am worried that doing this will make the nutritional values inaccurate. Could the problem possibly be that I can never find small whole wheat pasta shells at the store and must substitute medium (around 3/4 inches long before cooking) instead? I would think that any type of pasta could be used, but this doesn't seem to be the case. Also, even when I increase the amount of pasta used, the recipe always seems to make less than 6 full one-cup servings (and yes, I do cook the pasta fully). Dietitian comment: The size of pasta is probably not a big factor, but you could adjust the portion and use DaVita Diet helper to do an updated analysis. When we made the photo we used a larger whole wheat shell size. It was creamy but not soupy.

Aug. 03, 2016, 2:12 PM
Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon
diannasue says:

MY Goodness this stuff is great, portion controll is hard for me when something is this good BUT I need to ask a question. When a DaVita recipe calls for butter, is that real butter or fake butter or margarine.I mean the real thing really has a lot of calories. I have been using low cal. margarine, should i change ? Still trying to learn , Thanks.... Dietitian comment: When butter is included in the ingredient list it is the real thing.

Jan. 23, 2016, 11:36 AM
Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon
Newbie123 says:

I thought peas, bacon & too much cheese were forbidden on a renal diet, we are new to this. Are they ok in moderation then? Dietitian comment: All these items must be limited--but not omitted completely. Follow the suggested portion size and the recipe will fit nicely into a kidney-friendly menu. Try using DaVita Diet Helper to create a meal around this recipe.

May. 14, 2015, 9:46 PM
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
Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon

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
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
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
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
Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon
gogi says:

GREAT recipe!

Nov. 08, 2011, 1:12 PM
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
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
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
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
Creamy Shells with Peas and Bacon

Absolutely delicious. Easy to make and freezes great also.

Mar. 14, 2009, 12:46 PM

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