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beefy shells & cheese dinner

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Kimberly Kay
Toledo, OH

This is a nice warm skillet dinner that I originally adapted from a 'Taste Of Home' recipe cards booklet that I picked up in the checkout line at the grocery store. I say 'adapted' because I made a few minor changes (see below). *I omitted the water and cooked the macaroni separately because I was afraid that it would make it too runny. **I used red kidney beans instead because I couldn't get any black beans (the store was out).

(2 ratings)
yield 6 to 8
cook time 35 Min

Ingredients For beefy shells & cheese dinner

  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 pkg
    (12 oz.) shells and cheese dinner mix (such as velveeta)
  • 2 c
    water* (see my notes)
  • 1 1/4 c
  • 1 (15 oz.) can
    black beans** (see my notes)
  • 1 to 2 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp

How To Make beefy shells & cheese dinner

  • 1
    In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink and drain.
  • 2
    Set aside cheese sauce packet from dinner mix; add shells and water to skillet; bring to a boil; cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until pasta I tender.
  • 3
    Stir in the salsa, beans, chili powder, salt and contents of the cheese sauce packet; remove from heat and cover; let stand for 5 minutes.

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