5 Ingredient Creamy Beef and Shells

5 Ingredient Creamy Beef and Shells

5 from 2 reviews

The most delicious 5 ingredient creamy beef and shells.  Made in one pot, ready in under 30 minutes! The perfect busy weeknight dinner recipe! 




  1. Heat a few T olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  When oil is hot, add ground beef and cook, breaking up with the back of your spoon until fully cooked through, about 5- 7 minutes.  Drain excess fat.
  2. Add onion and garlic if using and season with salt and pepper; cook another 2-3 minutes, until onion is translucent and garlic fragrant.
  3. Add in marinara, water, and pasta shells.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until pasta is cooked and liquid has reduced to a creamy consistency.
  4. Stir in milk and cheese if using and adjust salt and pepper.
  5. Enjoy!
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