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Cheeseburger Stuffed Shells

Points® value
Total Time
45 min
15 min
30 min
Here’s a fun meal to liven up a ho-hum weeknight. Jumbo pasta shells are filled with cheesburger-y goodness—lean ground beef, chopped onion, a little ketchup and mustard, dill pickles, and cheddar cheese, of course. A fresh topping of lettuce, tomato, and more pickles further enhances the burger theme. You can assemble the shells ahead of time if you’d like, and combine the topping ingredients and store them in the fridge. Add 5 to 10 minutes to the cook time if the shells and filling are cold.


Uncooked jumbo shells

12 shell(s)

Cooking spray

4 spray(s)


1 cup(s), chopped

Uncooked extra lean ground beef 96 % lean 4% fat

12 oz

Kosher salt

¼ tsp(s)

Black pepper

¼ tsp(s)

Canned tomato sauce

¾ cup(s)

Unsweetened dill pickle

½ cup(s), chopped, divided


2 tbsp(s)


2 tbsp(s)

50% reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese

¾ cup(s), shredded, divided

Chopped romaine lettuce

1 cup(s), or thinly sliced


1 cup(s), chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, about 9 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Coat a large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and ground beef; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until beef is done, about 6 minutes, stirring to crumble. Remove from heat and stir in tomato sauce, ¼ cup pickles, ketchup, and mustard. Add ½ cup cheese, stirring until cheese melts.
  3. Lightly coat an 11 x 7–inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Stuff beef mixture evenly into pasta shells (about 2 rounded tablespoons per shell). Arrange stuffed shells into baking dish and sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup cheese. Bake until cheese melts and filling is thoroughly heated, about 20 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine lettuce, tomato, and remaining ¼ cup pickles. Top shells with lettuce mixture.
  5. Serving size: 3 stuffed shells and about ½ cup lettuce mixture