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Creamy beef pasta in a white bowl.

Creamy Beef and Shells

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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


This easy Creamy Beef and Shells combines a delicious creamy tomato sauce with seasoned ground beef and pasta for perfect a plate of comfort food. The herbs, garlic and cheddar cheese add more flavor and creaminess for an easy dinner recipe to make after a long day.


8 ounces (2 cups) medium pasta shells, cooked

1 pound ground beef (97% lean)

1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 3/4 cups spaghetti sauce

1 cup beef broth

2 teaspoons parsley dried or fresh, divided

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

2 cups cheddar cheese, grated

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup sour cream

2 teaspoons fresh parsley, torn (optional



Storage and reheating instructions:

You can keep the pasta in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You may need to add more broth when reheating the pasta.

We do not recommend freezing this recipe with heavy cream.

Reheat on a skillet on the stove over medium heat until heated through. Reheat a single serving in the microwave using a microwave-safe dish using 30 second intervals until heated through.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American