three-cheese beef pasta shells

Make your own stuffed Italian shells with a mixture of ground beef and cheeses, baked in marinara sauce. Serve with a side salad and some good garlic bread.

Photo by Jaime D.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • 24

    uncooked jumbo pasta shells

  • 1

    pound lean ground beef, at least 80% lean

  • 1

    (26 ounce) jar chunky tomato pasta sauce

  • 1/4

    cup water

  • 1

    (8 ounce) container chive and onion cream cheese spread

  • 1 1/2

    cups shredded 6 cheese Italian cheese blend, 6 ounces

  • 1/2

    cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1

    egg

  • 1 to 2

    tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, if desired

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. Cook and drain pasta shells as directed on package. In 10-inch skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Cool slightly, about 5 minutes. In large bowl, mix pasta sauce and water. Pour 1 cup of the pasta sauce mixture in bottom of ungreased 13 x 9 inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. In medium bowl, mix cheese spread, 1 cup of the Italian cheese, the Parmesan cheese, egg and cooked ground beef. Spoon heaping tablespoon mixture into each shell. Arrange stuffed shells over sauce in baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over top, covering shells completely. Cover with foil. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until bubbly and cheese filling is set. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Italian cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley.

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