Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What's for Supper Wednesday

I seem to get my best recipes from Facebook lately.  Perhaps I can get rid of those cookbooks I'm hauling around yet!  Our supper last night was Mexican Stuffed Shells and they were scrumptious.

The cream cheese I had purchased was no longer useable, so I substituted some cottage cheese instead.  I think ricotta might be another good choice and would possibly be lower in fat and calories than the cream cheese.

My plan for the leftovers is to serve them on a bed of shredded lettuce to add to the feeling of having a soft shell taco, but easier to eat.

Mexican Stuffed Shells           Yield: 16 shells


1 pound ground beef (or ground turkey)
 1 package low-sodium taco seasoning
 4 ounces cream cheese
 16 jumbo pasta shells  (about half the box)
 1 1/2 cups salsa
 1 cup taco sauce
 1 cup cheddar cheese
 1 cup Monterrey jack cheese

 For toppings:

 3 green onions
 Sour cream


Preheat oven to 350°.

 In a pan brown the ground beef; add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions. Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Stir together and mix well. Set aside and cool completely.

 While ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to package directions; drain. Set shells out individually on cutting board or baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.

Pour salsa on bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Stuff each shell with 1-2 tablespoons of the meat mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up. Evenly cover shells with taco sauce. Cover dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

 After 30 minutes, add shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes with the foil removed. Top with green onions or olives if desired. Serve with sour cream and/or more salsa

Long Live the Queen of Tex-Mex Cooking - Ole!


  1. I'm finally starting to get back into cooking as my energy is returning slowly. Seeing how you organized all your stuff has helped containers and dividers. Now if only this weather would cool, I might start using my oven again :-)

  2. Oh Boy, another deliciously fattening meal ... the only good kind I might add (fattening that is). We love Mexican food at our house and this is certainly a new twist. My husband doesn't usually like new twists, but I think I could talk him in to this one. I have a computer file just for your recipes! My cook books got lost when we moved here eleven years ago and I have been cooking by the seat of my pants, so it is fun to have a recipe to follow again ... I'm thinking I will be looking forward to next Wednesday:) Have a great day, Queen of new recipes ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  3. I am not into Mexican food, but my girls are so I will definitely pass this recipe along to them. Actually, I'm quite picky with my food. I usually only eat basic food, love Italian foods, do not like anything spicy. Just no fun at all. lol. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.