Easy Creamy Beef and Shells

Creamy beef and shells is a hearty combination of beef, tomatoes and pasta shells that cooks up in one skillet and is guaranteed to hit the spot!

Creamy Beef and Shells

Creamy Beef and Shells

Course Main Course
Servings 4
Calories 595 kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • ½ lb chuck beef, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)
  • cups water, divided
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • ¾ tsp Italian seasoning
  • cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef bouillon
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups pasta shells


  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy skillet or pan over medium-high heat.
  • Dry stew beef on paper towels and add to hot oil. Brown on all sides and remove from pan.
  • Add onion and saute until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Push onion to the sides of the pan to make a well. Add garlic to well and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add beef back to the pan, add 1 cup water and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer, cover and turn the heat to low. Simmer for 2½ hours.
  • While beef is simmering, bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Cook shells according to package directions.
  • Add red wine to pan and stir to deglaze.  Remove beef and juices from pan and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in pan over medium heat.  Add peppers and tomatoes.  Saute until peppers are soft, 5-7 minutes.
  • While peppers are cooking, use your fingers or a fork to pull the beef apart into small pieces.
  • Add Italian seasoning and tomato paste to the peppers and mix well.  Stir in broth and bring to a simmer.
  • Mix ¼ cup water with cornstarch in a small bowl or glass.  Add to the pepper mixture and bring back to a simmer, stirring constantly.  Simmer until the broth thickens.
  • Add beef, cream and shells to the pan.  Heat through and serve immediately.
  • Hack:  Pasta can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Hack:  Dehydrated vegetables can be used in this recipe.
Keyword American Chop Suey, beef and shells, chuck, cubed beef, goulash, pasta dish, pasta shells, stew beef, stewed beef

Did you know?  Beef has gotten a bad rap due to its high fat and cholesterol content but the health benefits make it a healthy addition to a balanced diet!

Suggestion: Serve this dish with some Italian herb focaccia bread!

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