Spiced Beef Ragu Shells

Hey-o! I realized a few weeks ago that 1) it has been a while since I’ve done a recipe post, and 2) I actually use my blog’s recipe index frequently since I continue to cook the things I post. Thus, I decided it was time to get back to posting my favorite recipes!

I found this recipe in Good Housekeeping last year and only got around to making it last week. It was delicious and I will definitely be making it again!


Spiced Beef Ragu Shells

Adapted from: Good Housekeeping

Spiced Beef Ragu


1 pound pasta shells

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

Salt to taste

1 pounds ground beef

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper

1 can(s) (28-ounce) crushed tomatoes


Heat large covered saucepot of water to boiling on high. Cook pasta as label directs (“al dente” was nice for this recipe).

Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil on medium-high. Add onion, garlic, and 1/8 teaspoon salt (optional I didn’t do this). Cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring.

Stir in beef, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, red pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional–I didn’t do this). Cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring. Drain fat.

Stir in tomatoes; simmer 5 minutes or until ready to drain shells.

Drain shells; return to pot. Stir in beef sauce. Serve and enjoy!


The original recipe called for ground lamb instead of ground beef (which I think would have been delicious) but I didn’t have any on hand. Additionally, 5 sprigs of mint (which should be added to the beef sauce after adding tomatoes) were called for, but again I didn’t have them in my pantry.

This recipe makes more than enough for one meal and the the leftovers reheat great!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Annie
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 03:59:26

    Love this! I think I might have to try it with Quorn. 🙂 I can do a spag bol but it never has spices/herbs because I just wouldn’t know where to start, so this will be good for me, thanks honey! Glad you liked this one first time.


  2. Geoff W
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 08:05:09

    That looks REALLY REALLY good.


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