This isn't your normal mac & cheese: Check out this recipe for Italian Basil Beef and Shells

MILWAUKEE -- This isn't your normal mac & cheese. Angela Horkan from the Wisconsin Beef Council joins FOX6 WakeUp to make Italian Basil Beef and Shells.

Italian Basil Beef and Shells



    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
    Cook the pasta shells in salted water per the package instructions until al dente. Drain well.

    In a large pot over medium-high heat cook the diced onion in a few tablespoons of olive oil for 2 minutes until softened. Add the ground beef, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, red pepper flakes and Worcestershire sauce. Brown the beef 8-10 minutes, until browned. Drain any excess fat, if needed.

    Add the cream cheese, half & half and butter to the pot. Stir well, until the cream cheese has completely melted.

    Remove from heat and add 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, pesto, sundried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and cooked pasta. Mix well.

    Pour 1/2 of the mixture into the baking dish, sprinkle with 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Top with the remaining mixture and last 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.

    Bake for 40 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Check at 30 minutes and cover with foil, if needed.
    Rest on the counter for 5 minutes then garnish with chopped parsley just before serving.

    Recipe courtesy of Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen.