Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

16 jumbo pasta shells
1lb ground beef
1 can refried beans
1 package taco seasoning
1 cup water
16 oz bottle of salsa
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
green onions (optional)
Sour Cream (optional)

Cook and drain pasta shells according to directions, set aside. Brown ground beef, rinse and drain. Add taco seasoning and water, cover and let simmer until moisture is absorbed (about 5 minutes). Mix ground beef, refried beans and 3/4 c. cheese. Stuff shells with meat mixture. Cover bottom of baking dish with 1/2 c. salsa then place shells upright. Spoon extra salsa over shells and then cover with cheese. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, until heated through. Serve with green onions and sour cream.

*This recipe also freezes well. I usually make it in 2 small pans and we have 1 dinner and I freeze the other for another day.

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