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Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe

Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe

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

Ingredients

  • 18 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 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

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 11x7-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.
  • 4. Freeze option: Sprinkle casserole with remaining cheese blend. Cover and freeze unbaked casserole. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°. Sprinkle with chips. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 384 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 665mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 33g protein

Reviews for Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

"The grandkids loved it and it was simple to make."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"I will make this again!!! Everyone loved it! You could add veggies to this. I added some corn."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015

"Good. Freezes well, I just let it defrost in the fridge overnight and cooked as usual."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"Very good! I topped it with coarsely crushed Doritos......yummy!!! Served with sour cream...no brainer. Love this recipe!! ??"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2015

"Very good and flavorful"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

"My husband really liked this but I thought it was just ok. I think maybe next time I'll cut back on the meat and add some veggies (like maybe some corn or chopped bell pepper). We actually tried it with chicken and it all worked out fine. Will update my review when we try it again and use ground beef."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2015

"Yum! My husband was amused by the "Mexican stuffed shells", but we both liked them a lot. I didn't change a thing, except I didn't use the crushed tortilla scoops."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 29, 2015

"This was very tasty. I used ground turkey and added a packet of taco seasoning to give it more flavor. I didn't have taco sauce so I used salsa. The only thing I would do different next time is I would make it a casserole to save time stuffing the shells. I am going to use al dente rotini and mix with turkey mixture and bake as indicated and then add the cheese and broken tortillas and bake until cheese is melted. I think it will be just as good and not so much work."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 27, 2015

"its official! my son gave this dish his stamp of approval as the best Mexican dish he's ever eaten and he actually rushed home to eat the leftovers before anyone else could get to it. I made it exactly as written and it was delish!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 26, 2015

"Made these for lunch. WOW. GREAT. Added a few red pepper for a little kick."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 26, 2015

"I have been making these since they originally came out.my grandkids love them and so do my husband and i. Leftovers freeze well. Very good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 7, 2015

"I made this the day before and then baked it the next day. We really liked it"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2015

"Excellent and have made it multiple times!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"My kids love this!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"I like to cook some onion with oil first then add the beef."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2011

"They tasted pretty good, but it takes too much time to prepare. I didn't like having to stand there filling each shell and then you still have to bake it for another 30 mins. Also, the picture makes the shells look bigger than they really are. I think next time I'll lay lasagna noodles in the pan and just spread the beef mixture over top of those. That would make the whole process way faster! This recipe is just too time consuming and they're really not worth it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"My Husband and son couldnt get enough made a 13x9pan and there is only 2 shells left wow what a great hit and a new edition will make this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"I forgot to buy taco sauce, and used a jar of salsa instead, and I think it turned out great. I'm not sure what the cream cheese did for it. And we topped ours with a dollop of sour cream. My husband was pretty wow'ed!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"Way too much chili powder! Will definitely scale it down next time, but my husband LOVED it! The tortilla chips go great with everything."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"Delicious! I scaled this down to 2 servings for just me and my husband and it was a big hit. It was easy to prepare, had good flavor, and I especially like the fact that it is lower in fat. We had it last week and I am making it again tonight. This one is going into regular rotation!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2009

"This casserole is delicious! My family loves when I make this. It is a bit time consuming as you have to fill the shells, but I've received quite a few compliments when I've served this at dinner."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2009

"Very messy and not very tasty, stick with regular tacos!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2008

"Teens loved it - single recipe didn't last long - they couldn't get enough! Great recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2008

"This recipes rocks!! Loved it!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2008

"My family loved it! All my kids had seconds and even thirds! Its going on my make again list!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2008

"i love this dish and you were right kids do love it"

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