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Stovetop Beef 'n' Shells Recipe

Stovetop Beef 'n' Shells Recipe

“I fix this supper when I'm pressed for time,” says Donna Roberts in Shumway, Illinois. “It's as tasty as it is fast. Team it with salad, bread and fruit for a comforting meal.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked medium pasta shells
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  • 2. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes. Drain pasta; stir into beef mixture and heat through. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cup: 339 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 772mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 29g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2-1/2 starch, 3 lean meat

Reviews for Stovetop Beef 'n' Shells

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Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"I made this recipe for the first time tonight, and my husband and I both enjoyed it very much. I only gave it four stars though because I didn't follow the recipe exactly. The changes i made were, a can of undiluted tomato soup, and i added a can of mexican corn. Instead of a clove of garlic, added granulated garlic. I served a salad and french bread with this and it went perfectly. There is plenty left to have again tomorrow night This recipe will be a keeper in my home."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"Haven't tried this so my rating is not real but I have to say this is NOT American Chop Suey (and I live in R.I.) since that has green peppers in it and uses elbows not shells."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"I added a little more garlic and some fresh parsley. Very tasty!"

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"Love this recipe. So quick and easy. Since we are not big meat eaters I use only 1/2 lb. ground beef and add more pasta. I make a pound of pasta and add to meat mixture the amount of cooked pasta that looks good to me. I also substitute 1 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp oregano, & 1/2 tsp of thyme for the sugar, pepper and salt. So quick and so good!"

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"Just like hamburger helper but much healthier. This recipe made our make-again list!"

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"instead of the corn use mexi corn and use green pepper a little tex mex flavor/itailan"

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"I made almost this same recipe, but it's called Southwestern Goulash. It has a few more seasonings and adds corn. I just can't seem to get much flavor in it, and the family didn't like it. I feel like it's missing something that would make it taste better but not sure what..."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"My picky 3 year old had three helpings of this. Need I say more?"

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"I would add more garlic, not add the sugar, not really a necessary thing and add basil and oregano. Maybe a little sprinkle of parmesan.

You could use any mosta in this dish."

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2010

"Really nice with ground turkey and crushed tomatoes with basil."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2010

"i grew up with this my mother also added light red kidney beans & used elbow maccaroni instead of shells sometime i kick it up a bit with green pepper"

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2010

"Great weeknight meal, or when a good, fast meal is in order."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"My mother used to make a dish that was similar to this and called it Chop Suey. I asked her once for the recipe and she said she didn't really use one. I was happy to find this one. My husband and son enjoyed and gave it a higher rating than I did. I felt it lacked something. I'll have to experiment next time to determine what it needs."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"What could substitute shells?"

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"This is American Chop suey ... even better with a little more pasta and a can of undiluted tomato soup instead of the tomato sauce. Comfort food at its best."

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"We make this - an old R.I. recipe - they call it "American Chop Suey""

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