Shells with Bacon and Beef Sauce


Very simple and tasty. The addition of bacon adds a ton of flavor to a basic meat sauce.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ pound bacon, chopped

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 ½ pounds seashell pasta

  • salt to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Cook the bacon in the oil until it just begins to crisp. Stir in the onion. Cook and stir until bacon is crisp and onion is soft. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Remove the bacon mixture from the pan and reserve.

  2. Brown the ground beef in the saucepan; drain. Stir the bacon mixture, crushed tomatoes, and tomato sauce into the beef. Season with salt to taste. Simmer over low heat while pasta is cooking.

  3. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Stir in the shell pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta until cooked through but still firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain.

  4. Toss hot pasta with bacon and beef sauce to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

539 Calories
17g Fat
73g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 539
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 656mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 27%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 14mg 69%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 807mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.