Mexican Stuffed Shells






Mexican Stuffed Shells

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 package low-sodium taco seasoning
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 14-16 jumbo pasta shells
  • 1.5 cup salsa
  • 1 cup taco sauce (This is a smooth, tomato based sauce found in the Mexican section)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese
  • 1 onion
  • 3 green onions (optional, for topping )
  • Sour cream (optional, for topping)

Directions:
1.) Preheat oven to 350°.
2.) In a frying pan cook ground beef; add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions (if using onion, chop and add here).  Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cream cheese is melted. Blend well. Set aside and cool completely.
3.) While ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to directions; drain. Set shells out individually on cutting board/baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.
4.) Pour salsa on bottom of 9×13 baking dish.  Stuff each shell with the meat mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up. Cover shells with taco sauce.  Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
5.) After 30 minutes, add shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes, with the foil removed.

Top with any condiments you’d like (green onions, black olives, etc.) Serve with sour cream and/or more salsa.