This dish was inspired by a few different recipes, but mostly for comfort food made easy...and gluten free. Here the pasta was Tinkyada Pasta shells - something I have not seen in a very long long time, so we scooped up a couple of packages as it really is a nice pasta for many dishes - soups and salads as well. A one pot meal and comfort awaits.
1 lb. extra lean ground beef
1 shallot, finely minced
1 large garlic clove, finely minced
1/4 cup chopped crimini mushrooms
2 tsp. garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. dried basil
2 cups organic beef stock
2 cups tomato basil marinara sauce (we used jarred)
8 oz. gluten free Tinkyada pasta shells
2 cups grated aged cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Lactose free cream
Heat up a dutch oven on low/medium heat with the ground beef added to the pot. Break up the ground beef. As it begins to brown, add in the shallot, mushrooms, garlic, garlic powder,basil, salt and pepper. Cook 10 minutes stirring from time to time. Pour in the beef stock, marinara sauce, and pasta - stirring well to combine. Bring to a lite simmer, lid on and cook about 25 minutes or until the pasta is tender.
Remove from the heat and add in the cream and cheddar cheese - mix well. Cover with the lid and let sit 5 minutes before serving, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.