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A bowl of food, with Beef and Cream

Creamy Beef and Shells

For this creamy beef and shells dinner, tender shell pasta combines with a cheesy, flavorful homemade sauce and hearty ground beef for a rich, filling dish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Creamy Beef and Shells, Creamy Beef and Shells Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 448kcal


  • 8 ounces medium pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 ounces shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese about 1 ½ cups


  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain well.
  • 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.
  • Add onion to the skillet, cook stirring frequently until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic, Italian seasoning, paprika and mustard powder, cook about 1 minute.
  • Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  • Gradually whisk in beef stock and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until reduced and slightly thickened, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Stir in pasta, beef and heavy cream and heat through. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir in cheese until melted.



Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 671IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 198mg | Iron: 2mg