20-Minute Shells & Cheese Skillet Recipe With Ground Meat Is a Budget-friendly Meal by 30Seconds Food

20-Minute Shells & Cheese Skillet Recipe With Ground Meat Is a Budget-friendly Meal

The price of food is going through the roof. But no matter how high it gets because of inflation, we still have to feed our families. Ground meat (beef, chicken and turkey) is a budget-friendly ingredient, especially combined with pantry staples.

This easy shells and cheese skillet recipe starts with a boxed macaroni and cheese dinner. The addition of a few pantry ingredients turns it into a filling meal that kids and adults will enjoy digging into.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


Here's how to make it: 

  1. Brown the meat in a skillet. Drain fat. 
  2. Add the milk, ketchup, mustard, onion powder and garlic powder. Stir and bring to a boil. Add the pasta. Return to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes, or until pasta is tender. 
  3. Add the cheese packet and sour cream. Stir until combined. 

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I'm a huge fan of ground turkey, and this recipe looks so easy and delish. #yum
This reminds me of Hamburger Helper, nice 😋
Nothing better than a super simple saucepan dinner like this...

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