My mom made this as a throw together meal when I was a kid She was surprised when, as an adult, I served it 'outside the family'. It's a wonderful kid-pleaser, and very easy to make. A meal in itself! Although, cornbread on the side is a great touch. Even the leftovers are delicious, warmed or cold. I often find myself with a fork digging into the leftover bowl right out of the fridge:)

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the seashells, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain.

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  • Place bacon in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until evenly browned, stirring occasionally. Drain off most of the fat, and add the onion to the skillet. Cook and stir until transparent. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened to your liking. Serve sauce over pasta.

Nutrition Facts

334.9 calories; 15.8 g protein; 47.1 g carbohydrates; 20.6 mg cholesterol; 778.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2005
I added a can of corn to this and I precooked the pasta before mixing it in. I also precooked the bacon and drained it then added it crumbled to the ground beef mixture while it was cooking. This rated high with my family. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/18/2007
Good in a pinch for something to make however the flavor was just okay. I added some garlic and that seemed to help. Read More
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32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2005
I added a can of corn to this and I precooked the pasta before mixing it in. I also precooked the bacon and drained it then added it crumbled to the ground beef mixture while it was cooking. This rated high with my family. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2006
This is a great easy recipe. I had a little spicy bulk sausage in the fridge so I browned that with the onion and used canned tomatoes with jalapenos nice kick! This has become a weekly dish in our home. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2006
I serve this dish at least once a week. I never have leftovers. I love it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2005
i think this is a great meal!!! Kim you must be a great cook to have a meal this good!! Boy can i come to your house for dinner?:) elge Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2006
This was very good. Reminded me of the "spanish rice" my mother used to make back in the 50's. I divided it since I cook for just myself but still have alot of leftovers. I would use less water - maybe just the juice from the can of diced tomatoes as it seemed like I cooked it down simply to get rid of that excess moisture. I sprinkled some shredded parmesan cheese on the top of my serving - very good. Served with a side salad this was easy filling and good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/21/2006
I made this dish once before exactly as it was written but my husband and I were not super impressed - it tasted quite watery and a little bland. However I made it tonight with a few changes - I left out the water completely I used a 28oz. can of diced tomatoes with the juice and a 14 oz. can of tomato sauce. It was delicious!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2006
Great simple and nutritious (especially if you choose your bacon carefully!). I didn't add the 2.5 cups water...found it unnecessary. I added a can of drained kidney beans for flavour and to boost the nutritional value. It was yummy...the kids loved it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/17/2007
Good in a pinch for something to make however the flavor was just okay. I added some garlic and that seemed to help. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2006
This is a very tasty recipe. I cut the recipe in half and it still made enough to feed a family of four or five. I also did not use as much water as the recipe said. I will definately make this again. Read More
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