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ground beef pasta in a skillet (sauce tossed with penne)

Easy Creamy Ground Beef Pasta

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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy beef pasta, ground beef pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 584kcal


  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (14 fluid 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 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 use a can of tomato sauce instead of the diced tomatoes if you don't like pieces of tomatoes (or try petite diced tomatoes).
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 849mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 894IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 5mg