CREAMY BEEF AND SHELLS

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY BEEF AND SHELLS

INGREDIENTS:

* 8 ounces medium pasta shells

* 1 tablespoon olive oil

* 1 pound ground beef

* 1/2 medium sweet onion, diced

* 2 cloves garlic, minced

* 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

* 2 cups beef stock

* 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce

* 3/4 cup heavy cream

* Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

* 6 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, about 1 1/2 cups

DIRECTIONS:

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat. Set aside.

Add onion to the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in garlic and Italian seasoning until fragrant, about 1 minute. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.

Gradually whisk in beef stock and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced and slightly thickened, about 6-8 minutes.

Stir in pasta, beef and heavy cream until heated through, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in cheese until melted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

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