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shell pasta and ground beef with creamy tomato sauce in red dutch oven
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Creamy One-Pot Shells and Beef

Creamy One-Pot Shells and Beef is an easy ground beef and pasta dinner that is cooked in a tomato cream sauce and is ready in just 30 minutes.
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Keyword creamy beef and shells, creamy one pot shells and beef, ground beef and pasta recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 546kcal
Author Dee
Cost $5



  • 1 ½ pounds fresh extra lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup yellow or white onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, pasta sauce, tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups medium shells uncooked (about 1/2 of a 1 pound box)
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning mix
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese optional


  • In a large pot or skillet, saute the onions in olive oil until soft
  • Add ground beef, and cook until brown
  • Add the garlic, salt and pepper
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, pasta and water
  • Cover and bring to a boil, then remove lid, and cook for about 10 minutes or until pasta starts to soften
  • Add the Italian seasoning, reduce heat to medium low, and stir in the cream
  • Cook on low heat until sauce begins to thicken
  • Add the Parmesan cheese, and serve



To cook 1 pound of pasta, use 3 cups water and a large jar of marinara sauce or pasta sauce. You can add a 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes if you want more tomato flavor.


Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 1040mg | Potassium: 779mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1009IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 4mg