Ground beef and pasta is the perfect combination. It is glutinous, rich, hearty, warming, and is always a crowd-pleaser.
However, when you love this combination, it’s easy to overdo the same old, classic recipes. If this problem feels familiar, and you fancy learning some new beef and pasta dishes, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve made a list of the 15 most delicious ground beef pasta recipes. From innovative fusion dishes to quick and healthy weeknight staples, we have something for everyone. Check them out below.
We couldn’t kick this list off with anything but a spaghetti bolognese recipe. In our opinion, everyone needs a great, everyday spaghetti bolognese recipe, and this is ours! It is wonderfully rich and has a beautifully balanced depth of flavor.
This spaghetti dish is very versatile. If you need a simple and quick weeknight meal, this dish can come together in around half an hour.
However, if you’re cooking for guests and want to make it as best as it can be, you can leave it to slow cook for up to 3 hours.
Obviously, we had to follow the bolognese recipe with lasagna. This beef and spinach lasagna recipe puts a subtle twist on a classic dish. The combination of beef, spinach, a rich tomato sauce, and ample cheese makes for a very indulgent meal.
The recipe suggests that you use store-bought spaghetti sauce. This really saves the chef time and ensures that it tastes perfect. However, if you think you can make a mean marinara sauce, we recommend using a homemade version!
Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic dish and makes for a wonderful weeknight meal. However, people often find the process of making your own meatballs quite intimidating. If this is the case, you need to try this recipe!
This recipe is super easy to follow and will have you making perfect, juicy, tender, flavorful meatballs in no time! It is worth noting that this dish does take 2 and a half hours in total, so isn’t ideal if you’re looking for a quick fix.
Though, we promise you, it is worth the extra effort!
If you’re in need of a ground beef pasta dish that can be cooked in one skillet, you’re in luck! This recipe is ideal for busy people who need as little mess and fuss as possible when providing a super hearty, family meal.
You can use pretty much any type of pasta or egg noodles in this recipe. We have found that macaroni or penne works best, but anything goes! If you like your food with a bit of extra spice, we recommend adding a touch more chili sauce than the recipe suggests.
This recipe is a perfect family casserole. It is so filling and delicious, it is sure to satisfy even the pickiest people around the table! The combination of rich ground beef and cheesy macaroni is so good you’ll be desperate to make it again ASAP.
This dish takes 70 minutes to make. It also includes quite a few steps, as it suggests making homemade sauces. If you have the time, we promise you that the extra effort is definitely worth it!
However, you can make it quicker by using store-bought sauces if necessary.
If you’re looking for a super hearty, budget-friendly, easy recipe that is sure to go down well with everyone, this dish is absolutely perfect. This super creamy meal is made using just one pan – and that includes the noodles!
This recipe suggests using lean ground beef to save you some extra effort. If you chose to use beef that is high in fat, it is necessary to drain off as much as you can once it has been browned.
If you can, we recommend using medium-sized noodles for the best results.
Ok, so spaghetti might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Moroccan cuisine. Likewise, 15 minutes sounds almost impossible when it comes to making a pasta dish. However, we promise you, this dish isn’t as out there as it sounds.
In fact, the speed of this recipe, especially given the super bold nature of the dish, continues to surprise us!
The combination of tomato, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, ginger, paprika, and cumin, makes for a surprisingly complex, loud, and completely addictive flavor!
If you’re in need of a big bowl of comfort food, this recipe has got you covered. In fact, with an excess of rich tomato sauce, glutinous pasta, and oodles of cheese, this dish is comfort food at its best.
However, that isn’t to say that it has to be an unhealthy dish. The best thing about this recipe is its versatility. If you fancy adding some more nutrition into your meal (or your family’s meal), you can add spinach or any fresh Mediterranean vegetables.
This ground beef and pasta casserole is certain to become a weeknight staple in your house. It is incredibly delicious, super filling, and is sure to make even the pickiest of family members extremely happy.
It is worth noting that there are a lot of steps and ingredients in this recipe. However, it can be made very quickly with some simple preparation. We suggest completing steps 1 to 3 a day or two before. If you do so, it can be ready on the night in 15 minutes.
If you’re a fan of fusion dishes, we cannot recommend this chili beef pasta enough. Combining the best from Italian cuisine and Mexican cuisine, this dish brings together pasta, beef, pinto beans, chili sauce, and lots of veggies!
We absolutely love this dish. It is fun, adventurous, and tastes really good! We like our food extra spicy, so we included more chili powder than the recipe suggests. However, feel free to include less if you prefer your food to be mild.
If you liked the sound of the recipe above, you have to try this instant pot taco pasta recipe too! If you’re a bit tired of the same old weeknight dishes, this recipe will be a very welcome and exciting change.
This recipe takes all the wonderful, bold flavors you get in a taco and transforms them into an easy pasta dish – and when we say easy, we mean EASY. This meal comes together completely in 25 minutes and requires just 6 ingredients.
Cooking in the winter can be tricky. It’s cold, dark, and you’re likely very busy. If this is the case, you have to give this beef and macaroni soup a try.
It is so easy to put together, and thanks to the rich and nutritious sauce, it is sure to give you a boost when you really need it!
This beef and macaroni soup, also called cowboy soup, is also a great dish if you need to use up any leftovers. For instance, leftover ground beef or even taco meat works beautifully in this soup. As such, it can be quite economical!
If you’re anything like us, sometimes, all you crave is a creamy, indulgent pasta dish. If today is one of those days, you should definitely give this one-pot cheese mushroom spinach, and beef pasta a try.
This recipe might just be the most delicious pasta dish we’ve ever had. The combination of spinach, mushrooms, cheese, and beef makes every bite feel wonderfully decadent.
As a bonus, you can make this dish healthy by adding as many green veggies as you want!
If you’re looking for a fun recipe to make with the kids, or simply a comforting meal for yourself, this cheeseburger stuffed pasta recipe is ideal. In fact, this recipe is a comfort food mashup made in heaven!
The most important part of this recipe is the pasta. You will need extra-large, jumbo pasta shells so that you can pack them with as much filling as possible! We love serving this dish with some homemade garlic bread (but store-bought would work too).
Finally, we had to include this one-pot pasta dish. It is quick, easy, perfect for the family, and provides an opportunity to sneak some veggies into everyone’s diet! This dish has a permanent position in our weekly rota.
In this recipe, you can use your creative license! Feel free to use any kind of pasta, and throw in any veggies you have lying around. We love adding in some mushrooms, asparagus, chopped peppers, and spinach.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Kind Of Ground Beef Is Best For Pasta?
Generally, you should try to use the leanest ground beef that you can find. This not only makes the dish healthier, but it saves you time, as fatty ground beef can require extra work.
Should You Drain Ground Beef Pasta?
If you notice that your ground beef is excessively greasy or fatty, you should drain it if possible. This prevents grease pooling on top of your sauce. If you use lean ground beef (as mentioned above), there is no need to drain it.
How Do You Fix A Greasy Spaghetti Sauce?
If you notice that there is excess grease or oil pooling on top of your spaghetti sauce, there are a few things that you can do.
First, simply try skimming the fat during the cooking process. We recommend using a ladle to do so every time you check on your sauce.
If you notice that the spaghetti is greasy once it is already cooked and cold, you can use parchment paper. This will soak up any excess grease, and make it more pleasant when you reheat it.
Ground beef with pasta is a classic combination that can be used in a multitude of different dishes. We hope that this list of 15 delicious ground beef pasta recipes inspired you to learn something new and delicious!