Creamy beef pasta is easy to make in one dish making cleanup easier, perfect for a busy night! It is delicious with the perfect combination of pasta, beef, cheese and tomatoes. Heavy cream makes it a amazing creamy sauce.
Quick and easy dinners are often appreciated here! One meal we make a lot is this creamy beef pasta, it is one of our favorite beef and pasta recipes. Taco pie is another easy ground beef dinner recipe we love.
Who doesn't love a good one dish meal, right? Easy to prepare and easy to cleanup. You can add some vegetables into the dish as well if you like, but we prefer it like this. It is delicious with mushrooms, we have made it with mushrooms a few times.
- Pasta - You can pick your favorite but we recommend shells, penne or bowties. We have not tested it with spaghetti noodles.
- Ground beef - Lean is best so you do not have to fuss over draining the grease (this creamy beef pasta is meant to be an easy one dish dinner recipe.) We went with 85% but 90% and above is great too. If you use a higher fat beef, you do want to drain some of the grease.
- Onion - Yellow onion is best, but you can use sweet onion in it's place. White onion will work as well, but I do not recommend using a red onion.
- Garlic - We use fresh chopped, but you can substitute with garlic powder. If you use garlic powder, add it with the rest of the spices instead of sautéing it.
- Broth - Beef broth is best, you can use homemade or store bought. We use no salt added, if you use one with sodium you may want to adjust the amount of salt you add.
- Tomatoes - We use 2 cans of 14.5 ounce diced tomatoes, but you can use a 28 ounce jar in it's place. Unsalted are the tomatoes we use, but you can use regular and adjust the salt you use.
- Italian seasoning - If you do not have Italian seasoning, you can use 1 teaspoon parsley, half a teaspoon basil and half a teaspoon oregano.
- Red pepper flakes - Optional but recommended.
- Salt and pepper - To taste, adjust as you like.
- Heavy cream - Heavy cream is best but you can use half and half in it's place.
- Cheese - We love 6 cheese Italian here. You can use fresh shredded or packaged shredded in this recipe - keeping it simple!
Making the creamy beef pasta
This easy pasta and ground beef recipe is so easy to get on the table!
You want to make sure you are using a 5 quart dish for this meal. We use our favorite 5 quart frying pan, but you can use a sauce pot too if you do not have a large frying pan.
Start by adding the ground beef to a hot pan and breaking it up while cooking. After cooking for about 2-3 minutes, add in the chopped onions and garlic. Cook until the beef is browned. If you need to drain any grease, do so now. We leave it in but we use a leaner beef.
Pour in the broth, the tomatoes and the seasonings. Bring to a gentle simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes to combine the flavors.
Add in the pasta and bring to a simmer over medium to medium low heat. Cover and cook for about 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender. Times will vary for many reasons from stoves varying to the pasta you use. Bowties and penne sometimes take longer then shells.
Once the pasta is tender, pour in the heavy cream and cook uncovered for about 2-3 minutes stirring often. Do NOT boil with the heavy cream added.
Add the cheese and continue cooking for about 1 minute to be sure the cheese is fully melted. Your creamy beef pasta is ready to serve!
What to serve with beef and noodles?
Creamy beef pasta goes well with many different dishes! Here are some of our favorites to serve it with.
- Tossed salad
- Sweet coleslaw
- Garlic bread (always delicious!)
- Sliced Italian bread
- Cheesy garlic biscuits
- Sweet broccoli salad
- Your favorite vegetable salad
- Heated vegetables like mixed vegetables, green beans or corn
Frequently asked questions
No, you can use half and half in it's place. Heavy cream is best and recommended, but half and half will work out too.
Leftovers should last 3-4 days in the fridge if stored promptly after dinner.
Absolutely! You can even use ground sausage or anything you would like with pasta and tomatoes. Ground beef is something we always have in the freezer so it is a quick thing to throw together for us. Turkey is a healthier choice tho.
Changes we made
This creamy beef pasta was updated 5/10/2022 and we did make a big change I would like to note. It was originally written that you cook the pasta separately and that you used less broth.
We think the flavors are better as a one dish meal and it is much easier too! The only ingredient changes are garlic powder got changed to fresh chopped (you can still use powder if you prefer) and the broth increased so it is enough to cook the pasta.
One Dish Creamy Beef Pasta
- 1 lb noodles of your choice
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 yellow onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic chopped
- 4 cups broth beef recommended, low sodium or unsalted
- 29 oz diced tomatoes see notes
- 1 cup heavy cream see notes
- 1½ cups shredded cheese we recommend 5 cheese Italian
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp salt see notes
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- Add the ground beef to a heated 5 quart pan (frying pan or sauce pot will work.) Cook for about 2-3 minutes.Add in the chopped onion and garlic. Cook until the beef is browned stirring often.1 lb ground beef, 1 yellow onion, 3 cloves garlic
- Pour in the broth, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper flakes and pepper. Stir well and bring to a gentle simmer. Simmer for about 5 minutes.4 cups broth, 29 oz diced tomatoes, 2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper, ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- Pour in the pasta and bring to a simmer over medium low to medium heat. Once simmering, cover and cook for about 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally. Cook until pasta is tender, cook times may vary and are an estimate.1 lb noodles
- Once the pasta is tender, remove the lid and pour in the heavy cream. Do not boil, cook over medium low for about 2-3 minutes.1 cup heavy cream
- Stir in the cheese and cook for about 1 minute to be sure the cheese is fully melted through.Serve and store leftovers in the fridge.1½ cups shredded cheese