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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 Garlic Bread with Cheese.

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:

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

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 garlic bread with cheese.

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 3-4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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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, (half cream, half milk)
  • 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 garlic bread with cheese.

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. Conversely, heavy cream may also be used.

Storage: Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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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184 comments on “Ground Beef Pasta”

  1. Cooked this last night for a party and it was a hit. Made 3 changes. I used 1lb of ground beef and 0.5lb ground Italian sausage, used tri-color rotini, and used packaged shredded cheese instead of cheese from the block. I really think the Italian sausage gave this meal that little something extra. As for the packaged cheese, it didn’t negatively impact this meal.

  2. Yum yum yum yum. So good. Made it with cheesy garlic bread. I hope everyone else loves it too.

  3. My husband and son loved it! My 5 year old son said he wants this all the time and calls it tornado pasta because the pasta is a twister. Lol. Thank you! 

  4. Can I used ground Turkey and would it turn out the same or close to similar? 

  5. It’s a family favorite! I only substituted chicken broth for beef. Thank you for sharing and making it tonight 😋 

  6. Disclaimer: I’ve never had hamburger Helper. Made with vegan modifications. Didn’t have Italian seasoning or worcestershire sauce, so made my own. Used lentils instead of ground beef. Subbed 1T nutritional yeast for the cheddar. Subbed Cashew cream for the half/ half. Subbed veggie broth for chicken. Used tricolor rotini. Followed directions as written. Turned out well. May add roasted diced tomatoes to next day lunch portion.

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