One Pot Cheddar BBQ Shells and Beef is creamy, cheesy, tangy and only takes about 30 minutes to make. The clean-up is super easy too!
My middle child absolutely loves barbecue sauce. She uses it the way some people use ketchup — as a dip for fries, a topping for burgers and hot dogs, and to mask the taste of any food she doesn’t particularly like. So basically, she adds barbecue sauce to just about anything! Even at breakfast, barbecue sauce is always on the table.
So when I was planning dinner last night, I thought it would be fun to use barbecue sauce in the recipe instead of on the side. The only requirement I had for dinner was that it had to be a one-dish meal. We’re still adjusting to life with a new puppy, and puppies are a lot of work. Seriously. You hold a wiggly, cuddly, kissing puppy in your arms for a minute and you forget. Sooo anyway, dinner had to be quick and easy.
I had some ground beef left over from making jalapeno jack burgers the night before, and I also had some leftover corn on the cob – exactly the base I needed for an easy barbecue flavored dinner.
The easy version of this recipe is that you throw everything into a large pot, and in less than 30 minutes, dinner is ready. Of course, it’s a little more detailed than that, but still, we’re talking quick, easy and uncomplicated. And perfect for the barbecue lover in the family!
How to Make One Pot Cheddar BBQ Shells and Beef
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 2 cups uncooked pasta I used shells
- 1 cup cooked corn kernels
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup cream or half and half
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
In a large skillet or pot, heat the ground beef until brown, and season with salt and pepper
Add the pasta, water, corn and barbecue sauce
Cover and cook on high, stirring frequently, until pasta is slightly soft
Reduce heat to medium, and stir in the cream and shredded cheese
Cook until pasta is soft and cheese is melted
Serve immediately, and enjoy!
This is one of the few recipes where I keep everything lightly seasoned. The barbecue sauce has so much flavor that I didn’t see a reason to add any extra onions, garlic or anything. And that’s rare for me. Maybe I’m just being lazy, but it works!
But if you want to add extra flavor, go right ahead.
You can even add more barbecue sauce to this One Pot Cheddar BBQ Shells and Beef. But, you know what? My daughter was fine with it as is — amazing!
Have a super day, friends!