pinch baking soda
1 1/2 tbsps butter
1 1/2 cups milk (2 % is fine)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, havarti, etc)
1 1/2 cups pasta , I used shells. Seemed right with seafood : )
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb shrimp (cooked)
1/2 lb mussels meat (raw)
zest of 1 lemon
2-3 tbsps chopped fresh parsley
Prepare the white sauce. Mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a saucepan melt the butter, then stir in the flour, etc. Pour the milk in while whisking and heat a few minutes to thicken. Add the parmesan and remove from heat.
Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, toss with olive oil and set aside.
Take your mussel meat and quickly fry them in a little oil and butter, along with the garlic, 2-3 minutes should do it. If you have raw shrimp, cook them together with the mussel meat until they are pink. If you have the cooked shrimp like I did just toss them in with the cooked mussels/garlic once off the heat.
Spray a 10 X 10 baking dish with cooking spray.
Mix 1/2 the white sauce with the pasta and pour into the prepared dish. Layer the seafood next, sprinkled with 1/2 the lemon zest.
Followed by the cottage cheese mix. Cover that with the other 1/2 of the white sauce, zest and the remainder of the shredded cheese.
Cover with foil and bake at 350 F for 25 minutes.
Uncover for another 10 minutes and broil 1-2 minutes at the end.
Let stand 5-10 minutes before digging in.