One-Pan Pasta Shells Recipe With Ground Beef: Better Than the Box in 20 Minutes by 30Seconds Food

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One-Pan Pasta Shells Recipe With Ground Beef: Better Than the Box in 20 Minutes

Most moms had some sort of go-to skillet ground beef and pasta recipe whether it was homemade or from a box. This is a grownup version of that childhood favorite. This simple ground beef recipe is made from scratch, and you can taste the difference!

Here is your easy shopping list for this ground beef pasta dinner: small shell pasta, onion, garlic, ground beef, white wine, spaghetti sauce, fresh basil, frozen green peas and heavy cream. You can also grab some Parmesan cheese for serving. This easy dinner cooks in one pan in about 15 minutes. 

Serve this easy 20-minute pasta recipe with a salad and fresh vegetable. Or just scoop into a bowl and grab a fork!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 to 6


  • 1 box (16 ounces) small shell pasta, cooked according to package directions for al dente
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef (you could substitute Italian sausage or do a combination)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • chopped fresh basil, for garnish
  • shredded Parmesan cheese, for serving

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Recipe Notes

  • If you're not a fan of shell pasta, use penne, rotini or your favorite short pasta.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Brown the ground beef and onion in a skillet, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. (If using Italian sausage, cook it along with the ground beef.)
  2. Add the white wine and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes.
  3. Pour in the spaghetti sauce, basil and peas. Cover and simmer gently about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the cream and cooked pasta shells. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Heat through. Garnish with chopped basil and serve with Parmesan cheese. 

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Elisa Schmitz
This looks absolutely scrumptious. #yum
What an ideal weeknight meal 🙌🏼
I love dinners like this. Comfort food!

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