Baked Shells with Pesto, Mozzarella, and Meat Sauce Recipe

Baked Shells with Pesto, Mozzarella, and Meat Sauce Recipe

How To Make Baked Shells with Pesto

Everyone will surely find delight in these delicious baked shells cooked with a savory sauce made of pesto, ground beef, pesto, topped with loads of cheese!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • 1tbspcooking oil
  • 1onion
  • 1lbground beef
  • 2cupstomatoes,canned, chopped
  • tspsalt
  • ½cuppesto,store-bought, or homemade
  • ¾lbmedium pasta shells
  • 6ozmozzarella
  • ¼cup.parmesan,grated


  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Oil a large baking dish (about a 9×13-inch dish).

  3. In a large stainless-steel frying pan, heat the oil over moderately low heat.

  4. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes until starting to soften.

  5. Stir in the ground beef and cook, breaking it up, for about 2 minutes until the meat is no longer pink.

  6. Drain off any excess fat.

  7. Add the tomatoes and salt to the pan, and bring to a simmer.

  8. Cook for about 10 minutes until most of the liquid evaporates.

  9. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the pesto.

  10. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the shells for about 10 minutes until just done.

  11. Drain and toss with the sauce.

  12. Put ½ of the pasta into the prepared baking dish and top with ½ the mozzarella and 2 tablespoons of parmesan.

  13. Repeat with the remaining pasta, mozzarella, and parmesan.

  14. Bake for about 15 minutes until bubbling.

Recipe Notes

Wine Recommendation: This robust dish with its meat and tomatoes calls for a gutsy red wine from Italy. A Chianti Classico Riserva’s medium body, dried-cherry flavor, high acidity, and moderate tannins will fill the bill perfectly.


  • Calories: 937.50kcal
  • Fat: 50.25g
  • Saturated Fat: 17.67g
  • Trans Fat: 1.35g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 15.91g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.50g
  • Carbohydrates: 73.23g
  • Fiber: 4.72g
  • Sugar: 6.07g
  • Protein: 46.01g
  • Cholesterol: 123.10mg
  • Sodium: 915.11mg
  • Calcium: 434.49mg
  • Potassium: 758.91mg
  • Iron: 4.70mg
  • Vitamin A: 131.18µg
  • Vitamin C: 12.52mg
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