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Monster Mouths

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  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 medium plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices American cheese, chopped
  • 1/2 package (12 ounces) jumbo pasta shells (about 18 shells), cooked and drained
  • Baby carrots, olives, red bell pepper, small pickles and cheese slices for decoration


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bacon; cook until onion is tender.
  3. Add beef; cook and stir for about 5 minutes or until beef is no longer pink.
  4. Stir in tomatoes, salt and pepper.
  5. Stir chopped cheese into beef mixture.
  6. Spoon mixture into cooked shells; place in prepared baking dish.
  7. Cut carrot into very thin strips.
  8. Cut small slit into olives; poke one end of thin carrot strips into olives for eyes.
  9. Cut red bell pepper into fang shapes.
  10. Slice pickle lengthwise into tongue shape.
  11. Cut cheese slice into zigzag pattern for teeth.
  12. Bake shells for 3 to 5 minutes or until shells are hot; remove from oven.
  13. Decorate as desired with olive and carrot eyes, bell pepper fangs, pickle tongue and cheese teeth.
  14. Serve immediately.

Makes 6