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Stovetop Beef and Shells

I fix this supper when I'm pressed for time. It's as tasty as it is fast. Team it with salad, bread and fruit for a comforting meal. —Donna Roberts, Manhattan, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    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


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  • 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.
  • Stir in pasta; heat through.
Nutrition 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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  • Julia
    Dec 3, 2019

    Quick and easy. Tasty too. The family ate it up. As some suggested, I added bell pepper and corn. I also used oregano, basil, and Adobe seasoning on the meat.

  • Lily
    Jul 25, 2018

    I made this meal and it was delicious. However, I made a couple alterations to the recipe. I used less onion than recommended, and 2 cloves of garlic. I also added garlic powder and only 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. I changed the amount of sugar because the tomato sauce was almost sweet.

  • mimi
    Jun 15, 2018

    Simple, easy to make, and tasty!

  • delowenstein
    May 1, 2018

    I did not have medium pasta shells, so I used Trio Italiano pasta (penne, rotini and shells), 14.5-oz. DICED tomatoes and Italian-style tomato sauce as I didn't have crushed tomatoes OR regular tomato sauce! This dish is delicious and I'm glad I tried the recipe. delowenstein, Volunteer Field Editor

  • novelist
    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
    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
    Mar 4, 2013

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

  • kgalloway2
    Jan 11, 2013

    No comment left

  • jknight0012
    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
    Jun 3, 2012

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