Cheeseburger Stuffed Pasta Shells

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jul. 27, 2023
You could call this a comfort food mashup made in heaven. Jumbo stuffed pasta shells are loaded up with cheeseburger goodness in a dish that will soon become a family favorite. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Cheeseburger Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 18 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • Optional toppings: Shredded lettuce, and chopped pickles and tomatoes


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water; drain again.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes, breaking beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard and pepper until blended. Stir in 3/4 cup shredded cheese.
  3. Spoon about 2 tablespoons filling into each shell. Place in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish.
  4. Bake, covered, until heated through, 12-15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Serve with optional toppings as desired.

Can you freeze Cheeseburger Stuffed Pasta Shells?

Cool unbaked casserole; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover casserole with foil; bake as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°. Serve with optional toppings as desired.

Nutrition Facts

3 stuffed shells: 431 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 673mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 33g protein.