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CONCHITAS (little shells in Spanish)

Contributed By: petra, TX | See all of petra's recipes
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Active Time:  5 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  4 Servings
OMG this is so delicious I strive to make it at least once a week. My mother taught me this recipe--I have no idea where she got it from, but I Love It. My 3 ex LTR's and my 5 boys love it too. I believe it is a "Hispanic" recipe but not sure. Enjoy.
1 lb Ground Chuck
1 12oz or 16oz package of Dried Pasta in the shape of SHELLS, sized Small or Medium will do
1/2 chopped Yellow/Sweet Onion
2 cloves finely chopped Garlic
1 1/2 tsp ground Comino
1 8oz (or is it 10oz) can of Tomato Sauce poured into
2 cups Water (or Beef Broth), medium bowl
Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder to taste
2 Tbs, 1Tbs Olive Oil
Add 2 Tbs Olive Oil to medium-high heated skillet, throw in the pasta and do not walk away! Stir continuously, carefully brown most sides of the shells, may take up to 3 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove shells from pan and add to 'waiting bowl'. Add ground chuck, chopped onions, garlic, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and most importantly 1 1/2 tsp of Ground Comino to hot pan and stir to brown. When beef is browned, pour tomato sauce/water-broth mixture into pan. Since the pan is hot, it will sizzle and steam, do not be alarmed. Add the shells and bring to a boil. Stir for 2 to 3 minutes, then simmer for up to 10 minutes, covered. Test doneness of shells, they should be more firm than soft, al dente. Stir and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

Date Added: 09/04/2009
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Rating: 5
by: Crystal Reviewed: 06/26/2012
Very tasty!
I wanted to make this for my husband cause he loves this dish so much and his mom was the only one that made it. It was Delicious!! I do think it needs a big pot and not a skillet if you're wanting it more soupy, which we do, and of course you'll need to add more broth and tomato sauce. But this will be made over and over again from now on! Thanks! (Oh and for those of you that don't know comino is spanish for cumin. I get my ground comino in the latin section of my grocery store)
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