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Italian Beef and Shells

A veggie and pasta combo makes a hearty entree that comes together easily. Wine lends an extra touch of flavor to the sauce and makes this main dish a winner. —Mike Tchou, Pepper Pike, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked medium pasta shells
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 1 small yellow summer squash, quartered and sliced
  • 1 small zucchini, quartered and sliced
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine or reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the marinara sauce, squash, zucchini, wine and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until thickened. Drain pasta; stir into beef mixture and heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1-3/4 cups: 396 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 644mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 5g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 lean meat.

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  • ellimaye1
    Jul 24, 2020

    Easy and healthy! I would add a little more Italian seasoning next time. It was a great way to get in some veggies.

  • Jennifer
    Dec 18, 2019

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  • klabelle9
    Jan 17, 2018

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  • lurky27
    Nov 7, 2015

    I substituted ground turkey for the ground beef. Delicious!~ Theresa

  • smagal
    Jul 7, 2014

    tasty, healthy, easy, and not too expensive to make, overall a great meal!

  • jillanglemyer
    Oct 2, 2013

    Very good and easy. I also added chopped carrots.

  • cherylmac
    Oct 25, 2011

    Easy to make and awesome!

  • lisa8251
    Jun 26, 2011

    Very good Recipe simple and I love the use of squash. This has become a staple in my household.

  • ngreig
    Nov 10, 2010

    Easy and Delicious! No complaints here :D

  • fregeau
    Nov 3, 2010

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