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This ground beef pasta recipe tastes like it’s been cooked low and slow, but it’s ready in about 30 minutes! Perfect for busy weeknights.
If you’ve tried and enjoyed my Creamy Beef and Shells or my Homemade Hamburger Helper, there’s a good chance you will enjoy this ground beef pasta. This recipe is sorta like a quick bolognese sauce. Ground beef, onions, garlic, and a creamy tomato sauce make one comforting dinner. As a kid, spaghetti with meat sauce was always one of my favorite comfort foods, and as an adult I’ve always keep some variation of this sauce in my freezer. I’m excited to introduce this version to my website!
I chose penne for the photos, but this recipe will work with whatever your favorite pasta shape is/what you’ve got on hand. It’s the perfect quick family meal!
How to make pasta with ground beef
This recipe is easy! You start by sautéing the onion for a few minutes, and then you add in the beef & garlic and break it up with your spoon, cooking it until it’s browned. You then add in the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, Dijon mustard (optional but recommended for building layers of flavor), and Italian seasoning. Let it cook down for a few minutes, then stir in the cream and let it cook a little longer. Toss with the pasta and serve. I like to grate on some parm cheese. Obviously. So easy and so good. (Full ingredients and instructions are in the recipe card below).
Recipe notes & tips:
- This recipe freezes well. You can always make a batch of sauce ahead of time (even double it), and it’s easy to pull an individual portion out of the freezer for a quick dinner.
- I like to use the leanest ground beef I can find. It saves you from having to drain out the fat.
- As with any cream-based recipe (especially with an acidic tomato sauce), subbing the cream with something else can lead to curdling, so keep that in mind.
- I know some people don’t like chunks/pieces of tomatoes, so feel free to swap the diced tomatoes with tomato sauce if you wish. Or use petite diced toms.
- Try stirring in 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese if you want this dish to be cheesy.
- I found this to have plenty of sauce, but if you want to add more, go up to a full cup of cream.
- Fresh basil would be a great addition to this pasta sauce (add it in right at the end) if you happen to have some.
More tasty ground beef recipes to try:
- Simple Ground Beef Casserole
- Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff
- Easy Cheesy Baked Ravioli
- Cheesy Beef Stuffed Shells
- Shepherd’s Pie
Will you give this creamy ground beef pasta a try? Questions? Let me know in the comments below.
Easy Creamy Ground Beef Pasta
- 8 ounces uncooked pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard see note
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 3/4 cup heavy/whipping cream
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Freshly grated parmesan cheese optional, to taste
- Boil a salted pot of water for the pasta and cook it al dente according to package directions.
- Add the onion and olive oil to a large skillet (or small pot/Dutch oven) and cook for 4-5 minutes over medium-high heat.
- Add in the ground beef and garlic and continue cooking for another 8 minutes or so until the beef has browned (break the meat up with your spoon as you go along). Spoon out excess fat if there's a lot of it.
- Stir in the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, Dijon mustard, and Italian seasoning. Simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the sauce has reduced somewhat.
- Stir in the cream and cook for another 3-5 minutes (it'll warm through and reduce a bit).
- Season generously with salt & pepper as needed and toss with the drained pasta. Serve with parmesan cheese if desired.
- The Dijon mustard isn't totally necessary (you don't have to buy a jar just for this recipe), but it's great for building flavor in sauces like this one, so I always keep some in my fridge. You can always taste and add more if needed.
- Feel free to up the Italian seasoning if you want a stronger herby flavor. I personally prefer just a hint in this recipe.
- You can use a can of tomato sauce instead of the diced tomatoes if you don't like pieces of tomatoes (or try petite diced tomatoes).
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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