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Three-Cheese Beef Pasta Shells

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Three-Cheese Beef Pasta Shells
  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 8
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An impressive entrée for guests. Prepare in 25 minutes and visit while it bakes.

Ingredients

24
uncooked jumbo pasta shells
1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
jar (26 oz) chunky tomato pasta sauce
1/4
cup water
1
container (8 oz) chive and onion cream cheese spread
1 1/2
cups shredded 6 cheese Italian cheese blend (6 oz)
1/2
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1
egg
1
to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, if desired

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Cook and drain pasta shells as directed on package.
  • 2 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.
  • 3 In large bowl, mix pasta sauce and water. Pour 1 cup of the pasta sauce mixture in bottom of ungreased 13x9-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.
  • 4 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.
Tips  

For the best results, cook the pasta shells just until al dente (still slightly firm). They are easier to stuff, and they won’t be overcooked during baking.

If you can’t find chive and onion cream cheese spread, just stir 1 tablespoon of each, finely chopped, into plain cream cheese spread.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
490
(
Calories from Fat
230
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
40%
(
Saturated Fat
13g
64%
,
Trans Fat
1g
)
Cholesterol
110mg
37%
Sodium
1170mg
49%
Potassium
530mg
15%
Total Carbohydrate
39g
13%
(
Dietary Fiber
3g
11%
,
Sugars
11g
)
Protein
25g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
30%
30%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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