Easy Cheesy Beef & Shells

This is such a simple recipe and is great for even the pickiest of eaters. My family finished this meal off with zero leftovers and no complaining whatsoever! You can make this a one pot to cut down on clean up by using the same pot you used to cook the pasta. Basically this is a one pan wonder that is guaranteed to make every tummy happy!

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients...


12 ounces medium pasta shells
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus 1 tsp for pasta water
1 tsp salt
1 pound ground beef
½ medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons pasta seasoning or Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp seasoning salt
12 tsp finely ground pepper
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 cups beef stock
1 15-ounce pasta sauce
2 tsp sugar
¾ cup heavy cream
1 1/2 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese, grated


1. In a large pot add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp olive oil. Add 12 cups of water. Boil and cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown, about 3-5 minutes, crumbling the ground beef. Drain excess fat and set aside.

3. Add onion to the skillet, cook stirring frequently until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.

4. Stir in garlic, pasta or Italian seasoning, paprika, dried parsley and seasoning salt. Cook for 1 minute. 

5. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.

6. Gradually whisk in beef stock, pasta sauce and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until reduced and slightly thickened, about 6-8 minutes.

7. Stir in pasta, beef and heavy cream and heat through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

8. Stir in cheese until melted.