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Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe
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Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe

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“Here's a kid-friendly dish so flavorful and fun, nobody is likely to guess that it's also lower in fat," says Anne Thomsen of Westchester, Ohio. "A great family supper for busy weeknights!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 18 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
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  • 1 bottle (16 ounces) taco sauce, divided
  • 3 ounces fat-free cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 20 baked tortilla chip scoops, coarsely crushed

Nutritional Facts

3 stuffed shells equals 384 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 665 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 33 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink; drain. Add 1/2 cup taco sauce, cream cheese and chili powder; cook and stir until blended. Stir in 1/4 cup cheese blend.
  2. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; stuff each shell with about 2 tablespoons beef mixture. Arrange in an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spoon remaining taco sauce over the top.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese blend. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with chips. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Taco Pasta Shells in Light & Tasty December/January 2008, p21

Nutritional Facts

3 stuffed shells equals 384 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 665 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 33 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"I love this recipe, I followed it exactly and it came out great. I liked the crunch the chips added but they didn't add too much flavor so they aren't really necessary. I saved extra to chips to use on the leftovers since they got soggy in the fridge."

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Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"We didn't use all the taco sauce, only had 1 lb of beef, left off the tortilla chips, and still decided we like this better than traditional stuffed shells."

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Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"Easy and fun! The whole family enjoyed these a lot!"

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"Excellent recipe!! I love it and make it all the time now. My family loves its too"

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Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"My kids love this!!"

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