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Stovetop Beef and Shells Recipe

Stovetop Beef and 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 (about 4 ounces)
  • 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; drain.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook and crumble beef with onion and garlic over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until flavors are blended, 10-15 minutes.
  • 3. Stir in pasta; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 344 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 815mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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novelist User ID: 2731704 220059
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."

krusso User ID: 4177979 218623
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."

gjclmc User ID: 2498527 129960
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

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

jknight0012 User ID: 2594888 129785
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!"

Twokayakers User ID: 6428292 65622
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

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

nanna52 User ID: 5312526 150115
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

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

AngelaWal User ID: 5593892 78148
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..."

MVPhelan User ID: 1073981 146496
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

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

pdljmpr User ID: 4301195 144465
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."

moongrrl User ID: 4053632 57764
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2010

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

sandyken User ID: 4024808 129783
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"

JKevin User ID: 1046896 144435
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2010

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

grannygourmet User ID: 3148826 130041
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."

carlottaw User ID: 4011201 61472
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"What could substitute shells?"

gmv724 User ID: 1461017 66464
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."

mnrogpro User ID: 315858 57763
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

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

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