I've been stuffing pasta shells with different fillings for years, but my family enjoys this version with taco-seasoned meat the most. The frozen shells are so convenient, because you can take out only the number you need for a single-serving lunch or family dinner. Just add zippy taco sauce and bake.
"I prepare this beef mixture on weekends when I have a little more time," relates Debbie Hodge of Kitscoty, Alberta. "Having it in the freezer is a real time-saver during the week and a great way to serve unexpected guests." She uses the versatile sauce to get a head start on casseroles, stews and several swift suppers she shares here.
This dish is a staple in our part of the country. My daughter Amber and I invented our version after eating at an Italian restaurant in St. Louis. We came pretty close to copying that dish, but added our own little twist. —Toni Holcomb, Rogersville, Missouri
Our family loves this recipe accompanied with a green salad and garlic bread. It is so handy on lazy days or when guests arrive to have an extra, ready-made pan in the freezer. —Geri Davis, Prescott, Arizona
"Our three kids just love the fun wagon wheel shapes in this quick-and-easy recipe," relates Janine Freeman from Blaine, Washington. "The mildly seasoned sauce is something that even the pickiest eaters enjoy." TIP: For variety, try it with Italian sausage instead of ground beef, Janine recommends.
I'm an old-fashioned country cook and love preparing recipes like this one that uses staples I normally keep on hand. Unlike most lasagnas, this one doesn't call for precooking the noodles. It's so simple my children sometimes make it after school and have it ready when I get home from work.
-Angie Price, Bradford, Tennessee
This traditional, thick pasta sauce is a cinch to prepare. It has a pleasantly mild flavor and goes with any kind of cooked pasta. If you like, use ground turkey or chicken instead of the beef.—Cathy Johnson, Somerset, Pennsylvania