How To Make Ground Beef For Pasta


Learn How To Make Ground Beef For Pasta With This Easy Step-by-Step Recipe. Your Family Will Love It. Are you tired of eating out and looking for something to make at home? I personally always like to have a good pasta dish since I grew up eating it. Keeping a few extra ingredients in my fridge has helped me make ground beef for pasta quick and easy when I’m short on time.

Cheesy Ground Beef Pasta

 Total 45 mins

 Cook Time 30 mins

 Serves 8 servings

This Cheesy Ground Beef Pasta is so yummy and comforting! It’s a super easy ground beef recipe, loaded with veggies and topped with ooey-gooey melty cheese, perfect for keeping tummies satisfied on those busy weeknights.

Rich and flavorsome ground beef, mixed with a tonne of veggies and golden pasta – cozy, comforting and delicious. Cheesy Ground Beef Pasta will become a staple in your weekly meal rota. Easy to make, hearty and with deep flavor!

Why you’ll love this Cheesy Ground Beef Pasta

  • Cheesy! Jack cheese and melty mozzarella are mixed into the pasta and generously sprinkled on top.
  • A pasta loaded with veggies. Tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms and onions are packed into the hearty ground beef pasta.
  • An easy pasta recipe. Simple to prep and it serves an army!
  • Versatile. Mix in your favorite herbs and veggies.

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Pasta
  • Ground Meat
  • Veggies: Onion, canned tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms.
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Tomato Paste
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Herbs: Basil and oregano.
  • Pasta Water
  • Cheese: Mozzarella and jack.
  • Salt & Pepper

How to make this Cheesy Ground Beef Pasta

  • Cook the pasta – According to package directions.
  • Sauté the vegetables – In a large skillet with olive oil, cook the veggies. Set aside
  • Cook the beef mix – In the skillet, cook the onion, then add the beef. Once the beef has browned, add the seasoning, tomato sauce/paste and pasta water. Simmer for 5 mins.
  • Return the mushrooms and pepper and mix everything together.
  • Add the pasta – Allow the pasta to cool then add to the beef mix with the cheese.
  • Bake – Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 30 mins.
  • Garnish serve and enjoy!

Recipe notes and tips

  • Ideally use a deep skillet for this, as this recipe makes a large batch.
  • If your skillet is small, you can add the beef mixture into the pasta pan instead for easier mixing. 
  • Avoid pre-shredded cheese, it’s better to shred your own, it melts better.
  • You can easily cut the recipe in half, if you want a smaller batch.
  • Don’t skip on the pasta water! It’s the key to making a hearty pasta.
  • This is great if you have leftover pasta! If you’ve cooked too much pasta from earlier in the week, don’t toss it! Use it in this recipe.
  • This pasta is also great as a vegetarian option, just omit the beef.
  • Use a preheated oven.
  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley.


Can I freeze this Ground Beef Pasta?

You certainly can! The best way is to make the beef mix/sauce and freeze it separately, then make the pasta and bake it on the day.

You can also freeze the whole dish, but I recommend cooking the pasta al dente, so it doesn’t become too mushy when defrosting.

To cook, allow the Ground Beef Pasta to come up to room temperature before heating it up, otherwise the pasta may break up.

What’s the best pasta to use?

I’ve used cavatappi pasta, it works great, but any short/medium pasta works well. Penne or macaroni would work well, it’s good to have pasta with ridges and holes so it can grab all that lovely sauce!

Can I use other types of meat?

If you’re not into beef or want a leaner meat, then you can certainly go for something like ground turkey or ground chicken, it will still taste delicious!


Dress up any pasta dish with this simple-to-prepare Ground Beef pasta sauce. Add onion, garlic, tomato, basil and cheese to Ground Beef for a easy, yet satisfying pasta topping.

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  • 30 G


Use a potato masher to break up Ground Beef into small crumbles while browning.


  • 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (15 ounces) no salt added or regular tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) Italian-Style diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Thinly sliced fresh basil (optional)

Serving Suggestions:

  • Hot cooked pasta, grated Parmesan (optional)


  1. Heat stockpot over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef, onion and garlic; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings, as necessary.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and crushed red pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes to develop flavors, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; season with salt and stir in basil, if desired.
  3. Serve over pasta and sprinkle with cheese, if desired.

    Italian-Style Beef Sausage Variation: Prepare Italian-Style Beef Sausage by combining 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner) with 1 teaspoon fennel seed, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon coriander, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Proceed as directed in step 1.


  • Wash hands with soap and water before cooking and always after touching raw meat.
  • Separate raw meat from other foods.
  • Wash all cutting boards, utensils, and dishes after touching raw meat.
  • Do not reuse marinades used on raw foods.
  • Wash all produce prior to use.
  • Cook beef until temperature reaches 145°F for medium rare steaks and roasts 160°F for ground beef.
  • Refrigerate food promptly.


A quick/easy ground beef recipe, this is a pasta dish that will be on your dinner table all week long! So creamy and so comforting!

Creamy Beef and Shells - A quick/easy ground beef recipe, this is a pasta dish that will be on your dinner table all week long! So creamy and so comforting!

I cannot even begin to tell you how much of this pasta I ate on probably 13 different occasions.

Well, first, I should tell you that no plating of any kind was involved here.

Nope. This is clearly a straight-out-of-the-skillet type dinner. Just grab your fork and dig right in.

All that cream sauce. All that pasta, just collecting that creaminess. And the perfectly crumbled ground beef, again, soaking up every last drop of that creamy, heavenly goodness.

Ugh, I can’t even talk about this anymore because now I need to make this for dinner. Again. For the 14th time.

Creamy Beef and Shells - A quick/easy ground beef recipe, this is a pasta dish that will be on your dinner table all week long! So creamy and so comforting!


yield:4 SERVINGS

prep time:15 MINUTES

cook time:25 MINUTES

total time:40 MINUTES

A quick/easy ground beef recipe, this is a pasta dish that will be on your dinner table all week long! So creamy and so comforting!


  • 8 ounces medium pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, about 1 1/2 cups


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat. Set aside.
  3. Add onion to the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in garlic and Italian seasoning until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  5. Gradually whisk in beef stock and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced and slightly thickened, about 6-8 minutes.
  6. Stir in pasta, beef and heavy cream until heated through, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in cheese until melted, about 2 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately.

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