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Shells with Bacon and Beef Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Shells with Bacon and Beef Sauce

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"Very simple and tasty. The addition of bacon adds a ton of flavor to a basic meat sauce."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins
  • READY IN

    50 mins

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Cook the bacon in the oil until it just begins to crisp. Stir in the onion. Cook and stir until bacon is crisp and onion is soft. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Remove the bacon mixture from the pan and reserve.
  2. Brown the ground beef in the saucepan; drain. Stir the bacon mixture, crushed tomatoes, and tomato sauce into the beef. Season with salt to taste. Simmer over low heat while pasta is cooking.
  3. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Stir in the shell pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta until cooked through but still firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain.
  4. Toss hot pasta with bacon and beef sauce to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 16, 2010

This was a good, hearty meal. The sauce is four stars as written. After tasting it, I added freshly ground black pepper, and fresh parsley, oregano, and basil. Though the directions don't say to, I drained most of the grease from the bacon mixture before adding it back into the sauce. I served this with a green salad and Mushroom and Cheddar Batter Bread by Cat Lady Cyndi. Thanks for a tasty recipe!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 18, 2010

MADE AS PER RECIPE , WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ADDING MUSHROOMS... VERY BLAND AS WRITTEN.. ADDED MORE SPICES.. FOR ME 1# OF PASTA IS MORE THAN ENOUGH.. MINE WAS DRYING OUT AND I HAD TO ADD ANOTHER CAN OF TOMATOES TO IT.. OH, AND PLAN TO FEED LOTS OF PEOPLE, IT MAKES A POT BIG ENOUGH FOR THE SALVATION ARMY.. THANKS FOR LETTING ME TRY YOUR RECIPE.. OTHERS MAY HAVE BETTER LUCK.. SO PLEASE TRY IT YOURSELF...

 

9 Ratings

Oct 05, 2010

Thanx to Pam's blog I decided to try this recipe and I must say I'm glad I did! I really liked the sauce, it was full of pure flavors, the tomatoes, the beef, the bacon... I gave this recipe 4 stars, because it needs a little kick, something to spice it up a bit. But definitely added to the recipebook and will make again!

 
Mar 24, 2013

Alright, I changed this quite a bit, but I still used the same ingredients. I browned the beef, and then threw everything into the slow cooker on low for four hours (I'm a huge fan of my slow cooker, so I use it whenever possible). I added a good dash of Worcester sauce (love the stuff), about 1/4 cup of some leftover BBQ sauce (it NEEDED to be used somewhere), a dash of red pepper flakes, a can of Hunt's diced spicy red peppers in place of the tomato sauce (didn't have any), omitted the salt, and used rotini because I was out of shells. I only had Hormel real bacon pieces on hand, so I added those to the slow cooker in the final 10 minutes of cooking. When the pasta was cooked, I drained and rinsed it under cold water before I added it to the meat mixture in the slow cooker. The end result was fabulous; a hint of sweet from the BBQ sauce, and a bit of heat from the red pepper flakes and tomatoes. Thanks Alle (sorry for all the modifications!)

 
Mar 30, 2011

Quite plain, but the family enjoyed it. Kids love pasta. Added an extra tin of tomatoes.

 
Sep 28, 2014

I added more spices to the meat to make it spicy (crushed red pepper, chives, black pepper). It was awesome. I also didn't use that much bacon. It was simple and easy but great.

 
Feb 25, 2013

Simple, quick, and delicious. I had everything on hand, and made a fast, delicious meal for my family. Thanks!

 
Oct 23, 2011

I added some paprika, a bit of cider vinegar and a roux sauce before i added my shells. It is a VERY good "football sunday" meal!!!! I am going to make some jalapeno cornbread to go with it too!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 539 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 73.2 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol
  • 45 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 16.7 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 5.7 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 26.6 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 704 mg
  • 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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