Shells with Pesto Meat Sauce

Printed from Jenn's Food Journey, adapted from Food & Wine

8oz shell pasta
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 lbs ground beef
1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes, partially drained
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
salt and pepper
3 Tablespoons prepared pesto (homemade or store bought is fine)
1 Tablespoon grated parmesan cheese


Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and reduce heat to medium low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion becomes soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the ground beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon and increase heat to medium - medium high. Cook until the beef is no longer pink, about 5-8 minutes. Drain off any excess grease. Stir in the tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Allow to simmer for 8 minutes. Add the pesto and parmesan cheese and let simmer another 5-8 minutes. Toss in the cooked pasta and serve with warm crusty bread. Enjoy!