Taco Stuffed Shells

Taco Stuffed Shells 

From My Friend Laura’s Grandma

For the first time since starting the blog back in August, I’ve been at a bit of a loss for recipes.  There’s a million reasons – December is hectic, we recently acquired an adorable but time consuming new family member (Ralph, our new puppy – be on the lookout for pics), and I haven’t spent much time in front of a computer, which is when I do most of my recipe stalking (most people Facebook stalk, I recipe stalk…ok I do both).  But probably the number one reason is that John has been traveling a lot for work, and at the end of the day cooking for one isn’t as fun.  Once upon a time it was my main form of cooking, but over the past three years I’ve gotten used to cooking with two, for two.  It’s still doing dishes with one – our marriage isn’t that perfect.

Luckily, I have friends ready to step in!  I mentioned my blogging woes at a party over the weekend and my fabulous friend Laura jumped in with not only a fantastic recipe, but an offer to come over and make/eat it with me!  Pretty sweet deal, especially since this is the perfect weekday recipe.  It’s super easy and the only ingredient I didn’t have laying around was ground beef and the pasta shells.  I *almost* felt bad John missed this one…then I remember that our puppy has to go out every 6 hours and travelling for work = 8 hours of CONTINUOUS sleep…


  • 12 jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (we used a mix of chihuahua and cheddar, but pretty much anything would work)
  • 3/4 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • sour cream, to serve, optional
  • green onions, to serve, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and toss with butter.  Set aside.
  3. In a medium skillet cook beef over medium high, until browned.  Break up with a spoon while cooking.
  4. Drain fat.
  5. Add 1/4 cup water, taco seasoning, and cream cheese.  Stir to combine and melt cream cheese.
  6. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
  7. Grease a 9×9 baking dish.  Spread a few tablespoons of the salsa across the bottom of the dish.
  8. Divide beef mixture across the 12 shells and place in the baking dish.
  9. Top with remaining salsa, cover, and bake 30 minutes.
  10. Remove cover, top shells with cheese and tortilla chips, and return to oven for 15 minutes, uncovered.
  11. Serve topped with sour cream and green onions.

Serves 4.

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2 Responses to Taco Stuffed Shells

  1. Shantel says:

    I have to admit that I’ve printed out a few of your recipes to step up my newlywed cooking game and this was the first one I tried this past Sunday. Eric absolutely loved it (as did I) and had leftovers for lunch yesterday. Thank you for the amazing recipes!

    • Honeymoon Kitchen says:

      Yay!!! That’s so funny because I was just thinking I need to make these again. They’re so easy and good! “My friend Laura” is DG Laura, so next time you see her you can thank her for the excellent dinner!

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