Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells

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By
@dolphin45

I decided to make this one night since daddy does not like a lot of Italian (pasta dishes), but loves Mexican food, so this is a combination of both worlds. I know when he loves something when he eats its for breakfast. Needless to say this did not last a full two days...lol


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Prep:

40 Min

Cook:

45 Min

Method:

Convection Oven

Ingredients

2 lb
ground beef
2 pkg
taco seasoning mix
8 oz
cream cheese
16
jumbo pasta shells
2 c
salsa, chunky
2 c
taco sauce
1 c
cheddar cheese, shredded
1 c
monterey jack cheese shredded
2 c
four cheese mexican cheese, shredded
4
green onions (optional)
1 can(s)
sliced black olives (optional)
sour cream (optional)
1 can(s)
rotel tomatoes with green chilis

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350°.
2
In a pan brown the ground beef; Drain once done. Add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions. Add can rotel tomatoes (drained)then add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Add 2 cups of Kraft four cheese Mexican. Add Olives or chopped cilantro(optional) Stir together and mix well. Set aside and cool completely.
3
While ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to package directions; drain. Set shells out individually on cutting board or baking sheet so that they don’t stick together
4
Mix Salsa and taco sauce together. Pour a thin layer of salsa mixture on bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Stuff each shell with 1-2 tablespoons of the meat mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up. Evenly cover shells with remaining salsa mixture. Cover dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes
5
After 30 minutes, add remaining shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes with the foil removed. Top with green onions or if desired. Serve with sour cream and/or more salsa.
6
I love the taste of cilantro so I add it to this dish. You can also use ground pork, chicken or turkey if you prefer. The meat mixture is good plain with tortilla chips, or layered using lasagna noodles (Mexican lasagna) or any type of macaroni (better then any box helper mix).

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy