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Meal Planning: My Most-Requested Dinner Recipe

This is the recipe I get asked about most often, and for good reason. It's my go-to dish for bringing to friends who need a meal because it always tastes great. Kids and adults both like it. It's a bit different but not so unusual people are reluctant to try it, and reheats and freezes well too. What's not to like?

Mexican Stuffed Shells

12 large pasta shells, cooked & drained

1 lb. ground beef

1 12 oz. jar Pace picante (medium heat)

½ c. of water

1 8 oz. can tomato sauce

1 4 oz. chopped green chilis, drained

1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese

1 can Durkee french fried onion rings

  • Run cold water over cooked pasta shells to keep from sticking

  • Brown beef & drain

  • In bowl, combine picante, water & tomato sauce.

  • Put ½ cup of sauce mixture in beef & add drained chilis.

  • Put ½ cup of cheese and ½ cup fried onions in beef mixture. Stir.

  • In 8 x 12 baking dish, pour ½ of remaining sauce mixture.

  • Stuff shells with beef mixture and arrange in a single layer in the dish.

  • Pour remaining sauce over shells.

  • Bake covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Top with remaining cheese & fried onions. Bake for 5 more minutes uncovered and serve.

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