Three-Cheese Beef Pasta Shells

An impressive entrée for guests. Prepare in 25 minutes and visit while it bakes.

  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 1 hr 20 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 8

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
  • 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.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    490
    (
    Calories from Fat
    230),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    26g
    26%
    (Saturated Fat
    13g,
    13%
    Trans Fat
    1g
    1%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    110mg
    110%;
    Sodium
    1170mg
    1170%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    39g
    39%
    (Dietary Fiber
    3g
    3%
      Sugars
    11g
    11%
    ),
    Protein
    25g
    25%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    20%;
    Vitamin C
    8%;
    Calcium
    30%;
    Iron
    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 Choices:
    2 1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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