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Cheesy Fiesta Shells

Cheesy Fiesta Shells
Total Time:
40 minutes
Active Time:
10 minutes


8 cups water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 (12-oz) box pasta shells and cheese dinner
8 oz tomato trinity mix (fresh diced tomatoes, onions, bell peppers)
1 cup mild salsa
1 cup panko bread crumbs
3/4 cup shredded cheddar-jack cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place water in large saucepan and cover; bring to a boil on high (for pasta). Cut butter into small pieces and let stand to soften.
  2. Add pasta shells into boiling water; boil 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato trinity; boil 3 more minutes. Drain pasta mixture, then return to pan; stir in cheese sauce (from cheese dinner box) and salsa. Transfer mixture to 2-quart baking dish.
  3. Combine bread crumbs, shredded cheese, and softened butter; mix until well blended, then spread evenly over pasta mixture. Bake 15–20 minutes or until top is golden and sauce bubbles around edge of dish. Serve.

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Nutritional Information

CALORIES (per 1/8 recipe) 240kcal; FAT 11.00g; SAT FAT 5.00g; TRANS FAT 0.00g; CHOL 20mg; SODIUM 650mg; CARB 15g; FIBER 2.00g; SUGARS 4g; PROTEIN 8g; CALC 10%; VIT A 0%; VIT C 0%; IRON 6%

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