Someone brought us Stuffed Shells when I had baby number two, and I thought “Ooo Stuffed Shells, that’s fancy!” She made them very manicotti-like, stuffed with creamy white cheese and topped with marinara sauce. They were delicious! I thought, “Hey I can do this!”
I decided to spice it up a bit and add nix the creamy cheese and add taco seasoning and meat. This recipe has become another family favorite around here! And I always feel fancy when I make it. There’s just something about Stuffed Shells that reminds me of a restaurant. Not sure why. Oh well, I’ll take it 🙂
What you need
Large Shell pasta
1 lb of ground meat (beef, or chicken or turkey if you want it make it lighter)
1 package of taco seasoning
1/2 cup of salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
What you do
Pre-heat oven to 350. Cook pasta according to the box. When ready to drain the noodles, let them sit in the colander until ready to stuff. I usually use about half the box. Cook then drain the meat. Return meat to pan and add salsa and seasoning. Grease the bottom of a baking dish. Stuff each shell with about a spoonful of meat mixture, placing each stuffed shell in the baking dish. Repeat until all shells are stuffed. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake for about 20 min. or until cheese is melty.
Pretty easy and so yummy! Let me know if you try it! I would love to hear if your family likes it as much as mine!