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Beefy Shells and Cheese Recipe

Beefy Shells and Cheese Recipe

Louise Graybiel, of Toronto, Ontario writes of her Beefy Shells and Cheese, “Boxed macaroni and cheese, store-bought salsa and canned beans make this kid-pleaser a snap to fix!” For a bonus, Louise likes to add shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese to the dish for extra-cheesy fun!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package (12 ounces) shells and cheese dinner mix
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-1/4 cups salsa
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Set aside cheese sauce packet from dinner mix. Add shells and water to skillet. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  • 2. Stir in the salsa, beans, chili powder, salt and contents of cheese sauce packet. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 393 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 910 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Reviews for Beefy Shells and Cheese

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"This was a quick simple meal for a night I am in a rush."

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2015

"This is a tasty dish that is easy to make. My ground chuck is always precooked and in 1 lb foodsaver packages in the freezer so very quick to get on the table. I used a shells and cheese boxed mix from Aldi's and it works well. The family loves it so that's a plus!"

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"Easy to prepare and very tasty. A big hit with my family"

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"This was easy to prepare and tasted great!"

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"Absolutely delicious! I love the black bean addition and thought the leftovers reheated beautifully."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"This is one of our favorites. I agree with a previous reviewer about skipping the salt. I forgot it once, didn't miss it and haven't added it since."

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"This was great! The whole family loved it! The only thing I didn't like about it is that it didn't make for very good leftovers. So try not to make too much at one time!"

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"Didn't have the boxed stuff. But I did have elbows and velvetta. One said "Ummmm", one picked out the beans, hubby said he would prefer it without the beans. I also added spices to my families taste. Garlic powder, cumin & nature season. I will make again."

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"We too liked this recipe. A great twist to the old standby of mac and cheese."

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"This has become one of our family's entree standbys. The leftovers are just as good! I've used chili beans in place of the black beans. We love the black beans but I don't always have them on hand."

Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"left out the beans-and im always skeptical of cooking with salsa as it usually doesnt turn out to my liking but this is good!"

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"My family thought this was a great meal! It was quick and easy. I doubled it as I have to feed six people but did not double the beans. I also did not add salt as it does not need any what so ever. The cheese sauce is salty enough. I will be making this again and again."

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2010

"I was late coming home and was looking for a quick 1-dish ground beef recipe. This turned out so deliciously and was perfectly flavored for being such a quick meal. Our whole family loved it."

Reviewed Jul. 16, 2009

"Wonderful! Whole family loved it. Seven year old son asked to have it every night. Thanks!"

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