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Saucy Stuffed Shells

Saucy Stuffed Shells

Stuffed shells are a great way to serve spaghetti in a unique way. The whole family will love these shells!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword beef, dinner, easy, family, pasta
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 16 shells


  • 5 quart pasta pot
  • 14-inch skillet
  • medium mixing bowl
  • measuring spoons
  • 2 quart baking dish


  • 16 dried jumbo shell macaroni
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 c fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp. fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 (15-16 oz) jar meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 2 c mozzarella cheese, grated


  • Cook shells according to package directions. Drain then carefully rinse with cold water; drain again.
  • In a large skillet, cook ground beef, onion, and garlic until meat is brown; drain.
  • In a medium bowl combine egg, bread crumbs, fennel seeds, salt, and black pepper. Add the meat mixture and 1/2 cup of the spaghetti sauce; mix well. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture into each macaroni shell. Arrange the filled shells in a 2-quart oblong baking dish. Pour the remaining sauce over the filled shells. Cover the dish with foil.
  • Bake 375° F for 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and place back in the oven, uncovered, until cheese is melted.