With mini pasta shells, ground beef, tomato sauce, and lots of gooey mozzarella cheese, this Skillet Meaty Shells and Cheese dinner is perfect for weeknights.
This recipe was originally published on May 9, 2013.
I’ve been working hard on updating old recipes, posts, and photographs. After almost 5 1/2 years of blogging, there are just under 400 posts on this site. In the beginning, I really didn’t know what I was doing other than sharing recipes. I didn’t know about photography, or printable recipe cards, or SEO (search engine optimization). Take this Skillet Meaty Shells and Cheese recipe for example. It had a horrible photo, no way to print the recipe, and was written completely different than the way I write today.
To be honest, this isn’t the prettiest dish, but it’s really delicious and pretty easy. Not to mention it’s a one pot dish! All you need is to cook a pound of ground beef with some onions, add a can of store bought tomato sauce, some herbs, garlic, and uncooked mini shell pasta, then let it simmer until the pasta is tender. Add mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, stir it up, and dinner is done! Serve it with a salad and garlic bread for a complete meal the whole family will love.
Skillet Meaty Shells and Cheese
Like I said, it’s definitely not the prettiest dish, it’s serious comfort food like a lasagna, only easier! No layering needed here. This recipe is adapted from The Good Home Cookbook Stovetop Macaroni and Beef.
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- 1 pound ground beef lean
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 28 ounces tomato sauce
- 2 cups mini shells
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley fresh, chopped (or 1/2 tablespoon dried)
- 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning dried
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
Heat oil in a large skillet, and brown the ground beef with the onion. Drain excess fat. Add the minced garlic, tomato sauce, water, parsley, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. Stir in the mini shells, cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring often, until the shells are tender.
Stir in the shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, and serve immediately.