1 lb Ground round beef
1 small White onion, chopped
1 small Can chopped green chilies
1 cup Grated, reduced fat, cheddar cheese
12 oz Jar of picante sauce (mild or medium)
1 small Can tomato sauce
1 small Can french fried onion rings, divided
18 large Pasta shells (stuffable kind)
Cook pasta shells according to directions. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a bowl, combine tomato sauce, picante sauce and one cup of water. Set aside. Brown meat with onions, salt and pepper.Add green chilies, 1/2-cup of cheese, half a can of onion rings and ½ cup of prepared sauce.
Stuff shells with meat mixture. Pour remaining sauce over shells. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Sprinkle remaining onion rings and cheese over the top. Bake for 5 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.
This recipe can be converted to a casserole by omitting the large pasta shells and replacing with a 12-ounce bag of medium-small pasta shells. Instead of stuffing shells, mix meat mixture with cooked small shells. Follow the rest of the original recipe.