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Baked Shells with Pesto, Mozzarella, and Meat Sauce

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Makes: 4 servings Total Time: 1 hr
Category: Dinner Entrees Sub Category: Pasta Entrees

what you need
  • 1 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups canned chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup store-bought or homemade pesto
  • 3/4 pound medium pasta shells
  • 6 oz. mozzarella, grated
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
make it
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Oil a large baking dish (about 9x13"). In large frying pan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, about 3 min. Stir in the ground beef and cook, breaking it up, until the meat is no longer pink, about 2 min. Drain off any excess fat. Add the tomatoes and salt to the pan and bring to a simmer. Cook until most of the liquid evaporates, about 10 min. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the pesto.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the shells until just done, about 10 min. Drain and toss with the sauce.

Put half of the pasta into the prepared baking dish and top with half the mozzarella and 2 Tbsp. of the parmesan. Repeat with the remaining pasta, mozzarella and parmesan. Bake until bubbling, about 15 minutes.
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