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Italian Basil Beef And Shells Recipe

Italian Basil Beef And Shells

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword italian-basil-beef-and-shells
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 725kcal
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 16 oz box medium-size shells
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • Olive oil
  • 1 ½ lb lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoon dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 8 oz Chive & Onion cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ½ cups half & half
  • 3 tablespoon butter melted
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 1 6 oz prepared Basil pesto
  • cup sundried tomatoes rinsed and chopped
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray, Set aside.
  • Cook the pasta shells in salted water per the package instructions until al dente. Drain well.
  • In a large pot over medium-high heat cook the diced onion in a few drizzles of olive oil for 2 minutes until softened. Add the ground beef. (Tip: Using a large pot doubles as the mixing bowl)
  • Season the beef with Italian seasoning, garlic salt and red pepper flakes. Continue to cook the beef until no pink remains. Drain all excess fat from the pot.
  • To the ground beef add the cream cheese, half & half, and butter. Stir until the cream cheese has completely melted.
  • Remove from the heat and add 2 cups shredded cheese, pesto, sundried tomatoes , Parmesan and cooked pasta. Mix well.
  • Pour ½ of the mixture into the bottom of the baking dish and sprinkle with 1 cup of shredded cheese. Top with the remaining pasta and 1 cup shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Check at 30 minutes and cover with foil, if needed.
  • Rest on the counter for 5 minutes then garnish with chopped parsley just,before serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 725kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1199mg | Potassium: 629mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 934IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 423mg | Iron: 3mg