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Ground Beef Pasta

This Ground Beef Pasta recipe is an easy 30 minute meal that you can make with any kind of pasta. Your family will love the creamy, cheesy, Italian sauce!

Be sure to serve this with a side of Cheesy Garlic Bread.

A wooden spoon full of creamy Ground Beef Pasta with Rotini noodles.

Ground Beef Pasta

You know the Italian-style version of Hamburger Helper? This is about 60 times better than that, and literally takes the same amount of time to make.

Hamburger Helper looks tasty to me, but always comes up short. I promise, this ground beef pasta recipe does not disappoint. Once you try it, you’ll be making it all the time. I think my family eats it about once a week.

Easy ground beef recipes are the best. The ingredients in this one are super simple, so let’s start there:

Ingredients

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  • 1 ½ lbs. ground beef, 85% lean
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 Tablespoons flour, optional-helps thicken the sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • (16 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese- Heluva Good Orange Cheddar melts really well and tastes great
  • ½ pound Rotini pasta

How to Make It

Cook and crumble the ground beef over medium heat. Add the onions halfway through and cook until softened.

Drain grease. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add salt, Worcestershire sauce, and flour. Stir to combine and cook for 3 minutes to remove raw flour taste.

Add chicken broth and use a silicone spatula to clean the bottom of the pan. Add the tomato sauce and Italian seasoning. Bring a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

Ground beef in a skillet with tomato sauce being added to make Ground Beef Pasta.

Cook for 15 minutes while you start boiling water for the pasta. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook for 7 minutes or per package instructions.

Slowly add in the half and half to the sauce, stirring as you go.

Reduce heat to low and slowly sprinkle in the cheese. Stir to combine.

Adding cream and cheese to meaty tomato sauce for Ground Beef Pasta.

Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce. Serve with cheesy garlic bread!

Adding rotini pasta to creamy sauce and combining it for Ground Beef Pasta.

Pro Tips

  • Shred the cheese first and set it aside along with the half and half, they shouldn’t be cold when added to the sauce.
  • Bagged shredded cheese contains cellulose which prevents it from melting as well into the sauce, so shred your cheese from a block.
  • Penne, Rigatoni, Ziti, Bowtie, or Cavatappi are good pastas with this meal as well.
  • Optional ingredient additions include drained diced tomatoes, frozen peas, carrots, and/or corn.
  • Milk can be used instead of half and half, but the sauce won’t be quite as thick and creamy. Reduce the heat to low prior to adding to avoid curdling it, whole milk works best.

Storage

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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A wooden spoon full of creamy Ground Beef Pasta.

Ground Beef Pasta

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This Ground Beef Pasta recipe is an easy 30 minute meal that you can make with any kind of pasta. Your family will love the creamy, cheesy, Italian sauce!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs. ground beef, 85% lean
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 Tablespoons flour, optional-helps thicken the sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ pound Rotini pasta

Instructions

  • Shred the cheese and set it aside along with the half and half. We don’t want those to be cold when we add them to the sauce.
  • Cook and crumble the ground beef over medium heat. Add the onions halfway through and cook until softened.
  • Drain grease. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add salt, Worcestershire sauce, and flour. Stir to combine and cook for 3 minutes to remove raw flour taste.
  • Add chicken broth and use a silicone spatula to clean the bottom of the pan. Add the tomato sauce and Italian seasoning. Bring a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes while you start boiling water for the pasta. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook for 7 minutes or per package instructions.
  • Slowly add in the half and half to the sauce, stirring as you go.
  • Reduce heat to low and slowly sprinkle in the cheese. Stir to combine. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce. Serve with cheesy garlic bread!

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Notes

Bagged shredded cheese contains cellulose which prevents it from clumping together in the bag, but it also doesn't melt as creamy or taste as good, so shred your cheese from a block. I like to use Heluva Good Orange Cheddar.

Penne, Rigatoni, Ziti, Bowtie, or Cavatappi are good pastas with this meal as well.

Optional ingredient additions: Drained diced tomatoes, frozen peas, carrots, and/or corn.

Milk can be used instead of half and half, but the sauce won’t be quite as thick and creamy. Reduce the heat to low prior to adding to avoid curdling it, whole milk works best.

Nutrition

Calories: 668kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 55g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 146mg, Sodium: 1738mg, Potassium: 1303mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 902IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 316mg, Iron: 7mg

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57 comments on “Ground Beef Pasta”

  1. I googled a quick recipe for some ground beef and this popped up… I am not disappointed (yummy!) and it passed the hubby test ! Ty! I’ll be eating leftovers at work tomorrow. 

    • I’m so happy this passed the hubby test Patti! My husband can be a little picky so I always get happy when he approves! Enjoy the leftover and thanks so much for leaving a review!❤️

  2. So goood!!!!!

  3. This is the best easy dinner yet on the internet, family loves it so much can’t ever go back because it’s so good.👌

    • I am so happy to hear that you loved this recipe, thank you so much for the review! We are in love with this one too, it’s hard to beat! 🙂 Thank you again! -Stephanie

  4. Very tasty, I will make it again.

  5. I just made this. I used to love Hamburger Helper growing up, but they’ve changed things so much over the years, I don’t like it anymore. When I saw this, it reminded me of an Italian dish they used to sell. So I made it using 2 lbs of ground turkey instead of ground beef. This tastes even better than the Italian dish they had! It’s not too cheesy or saucy, but has lots of flavor. This will DEFINITELY become a staple in my household. Love this site!❤

    • Hi Jena! I’m so happy you liked this recipe and are enjoying the site!❤️ I’ve been using a lot more ground turkey as well. Definitely a great way to switch things up a bit. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!

  6. Great base recipe! I added salt and pepper before the cream stage. As well as a pinch or 2 of sugar and a dash of Cinnamon to cut the acidity of the tomato sauce. Also topped it with mozzarella and parsley and put the whole skillet in the oven at broil until the cheese was melted!

    • Hi Nicole! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the recipe and thanks so much for sharing your tips/variations, I love seeing people make recipes their own!! Sounds delicious! -Stephanie

  7. Absolutely love this recipe!! I make it exactly as above and my kids and husband ask for it once a week! If I freeze some, how would you reheat?

  8. Made this for my girlfriend with lactose free cheese and cream and it was awesome, thanks for the recipe 🙂

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