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Taco-Filled Pasta Shells Recipe
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Taco-Filled Pasta Shells Recipe

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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. —Marge Hodel Roanoke, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 envelopes taco seasoning
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS (for each casserole):
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup taco sauce
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 3 green onions, chopped

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.Stir in taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in cream cheese until melted. Transfer to a bowl; cool. Chill for 1 hour.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Gently toss with butter. Fill each shell with about 3 tablespoons of meat mixture. Place 12 shells in a freezer container. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months.
  3. To prepare remaining shells, spoon salsa into a greased 9-in. square baking dish. Top with stuffed shells and taco sauce. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheeses and chips. Bake 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve with sour cream and onions.
  4. To use frozen shells: Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours (shells will be partially frozen). Spoon salsa into a greased 9-in. square baking dish; top with shells and taco sauce. Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with cheeses and chips; proceed as directed. Yield: 2 casseroles (6 servings each).
Originally published as Taco-Filled Pasta Shells in Quick Cooking January/February 2001, p27

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Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

Tastes great and easily modified to personal preferences

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Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

I think this was such a great idea! I used a whole jar of salsa...enough to have the bottom of the dish covered. Then a few weeks after I made the frozen batch and it tasted just as good as the first one

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Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

My family & friends just love this recipe!!!

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

This was fantastic! We are vegetarian, so I did a bag (almost 1 pd.) of our veggie burger, and one can of black beans (only because our veggie burger is quite pricey!). The rest I did exactly as the recipe stated. I baked all so we have left-overs for tomorrow. Thanks for sharing - my husband said it is his favorite meal now!

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Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

I loved this! especially that you can freeze a batch for a liter date!

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