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Simple Beef and Shells Skillet

This Simple Beef and Shells skillet is a perfect ground beef pasta recipe the whole family will love! Ready in under 30 minutes, this easy cheesy pasta dinner is packed with spinach, tomatoes and just the right amount of Italian Seasoning. Who wants seconds?
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: ground beef recipes
Servings: 6 -8 Servings
Calories: 556kcal
Author: Lorie Yarro


  • 16 oz box of pasta shells
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2-3 c chopped spinach
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 c Parmesan
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c reserved pasta water


  • Cook pasta according to pasta directions. When draining, reserve about 3/4 cup of the past water for later. Toss pasta with about 1 tablespoon olive oil and set aside.
  • While pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, heat one tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. When glistening, add onion and cook 1-2 minutes. Add in ground beef and brown, stirring regularly. (about 7-9 minutes) Drain any excess oil. 
  • When beef is cooked, turn heat to low and add in spinach and cook until wilted. Add in tomatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper and stir well to combine.
  • Finally add in pasta, reserved pasta water and parmesan and toss until parmesan is melted. Allow to simmer for several minutes and then serve!
  • Add freshly shredded mozzarella and chopped parsley when serving if desired.


Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1087IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 3mg