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Make-Ahead Unstuffed Shells

Rated as 4.35 out of 5 Stars

"You can assemble and refrigerate this cheesy, beefy pasta shell dish on Sunday night and, the next day, dinner's on the table in 45 minutes."
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1 h 15 m servings
Original recipe yields 6 servings (6 (1 1/2-cup) servings)


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  1. Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Meanwhile, brown meat in large skillet. Stir in pasta sauce; simmer on medium heat 2 min., stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  2. Drain pasta. Whisk cream cheese spread, milk and Parmesan in large bowl until well blended. Add pasta and basil; stir gently until pasta is evenly coated. Spread half the meat sauce onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with pasta mixture and remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella; cover with foil. Refrigerate up to 24 hours.
  3. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake casserole, covered, 40 to 45 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 30 min.


  • Substitute: Substitute fresh parsley for the basil.
  • Special Extra: Cook 1 each small chopped onion and green pepper along with the meat.
  • Variation: Casserole can be baked immediately after assembling. Reduce baking time to 30 min., uncovering after 20 min.
  • Special Extra: Garnish with additional 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil just before serving.
  • Recipe nutrition information prepared by Food to Facts for KRAFT Canada Inc.
  • Nutrition Information Per Serving: 570 calories, 18g total fat, 9g saturated fat, 80mg cholesterol, 740mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate, 5g dietary fibre, 10g sugars, 39g protein, 20%DV vitamin A, 10%DV vitamin C, 30%DV calcium, 35%DV iron.

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Easy to make, very cheesey and my family loved it! Will definitely make this recipe again!

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Easy to make, very cheesey and my family loved it! Will definitely make this recipe again!

Delicious recipe! Even my some what picky kids ate it and one of them asked for seconds! I used dried basil instead of fresh. I'm not sure how much I used but I'd estimate maybe a tablespoon to ...

Very good...made some alterations by adding some adobo seasoning and some catalina dressing while cooking the meat with inions and peppers. Will definitely make again!

Had to tweak for on hand ingredients. Cream cheese made it very tasty and I liked it a lot. Didn't have fresh basil, but used a Basil pasta sauce from Newman's own I think. Threw in some red ...

Used spicy sausage instead of Beef. 1/2 jar of garlic/basil pesto, par cooked broccoli, zucchini, carrots, red pepper and or mushrooms etc ,,,, We love our veggies. Variations are endless. Th...

This was a very tasty comfort food. You definitely need to add some salt. Other than that, it was great. Will make again. Note: I did not refrigerate and cook at a later time. I popped it in the...

This got 4 stars due to the fact on a busy night I could just pop it in the oven but really nothing special. I added some garlic to the sauce mixture as my family loves garlic. I also was a bit ...

Big hit with the family and friends!

This was pretty good. Easy to prep while I was making dinner. Popped it into the fridge and it was ready to go for the next day. Made a lot.