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beef and shells in a large black skillet
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Beef and Shells

This beef and shells recipe is creamy, easy, and made in under 45 minutes! The ultimate weeknight meal that will satisfy the entire family.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 682kcal


  • 1 lb medium pasta shells
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp red crushed pepper optional
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Drizzle a large skillet with olive oil and heat over medium high heat.
  • Add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and red crushed pepper.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until brown.
  • Season with salt, pepper, granulated garlic, paprika, Italian seasoning, and onion powder.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes, add the heavy cream, cover, and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Cook the pasta according to packaging instructions.
  • Add the pasta to the meat sauce and stir until well combined.
  • Add the mozzarella and cheddar cheese, check for seasoning and simmer for an additional 2 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.



Calories: 682kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 469mg | Potassium: 815mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 780IU | Vitamin C: 13.1mg | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 4.5mg