Easy Cheesy Beef Pasta Skillet

This Easy Cheesy Beef Pasta Skillet recipe is simple and delicious! Pasta tossed in a simple, light and mild tomato sauce and lots of  mozzarella cheese. Don’t have a ton of time? This recipe feeds 4 to 6 and is ready in about 30 minutes!

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Easy dinner alert! You can have this easy cheesy beef pasta on the table in about 30 minutes. I kid you not! This is one of my go-to recipes in my arsenal of easy-breezy weeknight dinners. It’s important to have recipes like this on hand because this keeps me from hitting up some unhealthy drive-through with a side of fries or something.

#justkeepingitreal

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For as long as it takes to heat up a large pot of boiling water, I can sauté onion, garlic and ground beef and throw together a 2 second sauce just in time to dump all those glorious carb-babies and add in allthecheese!

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Here’s what you’ll need: 1 pound small shaped pasta, olive oil, yellow onion, lean ground beef, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, red pepper flakes, mozzarella cheese and fresh parsley.

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First things first, bring a large pot of salted (use about 2 tablespoons of salt – this will flavor the pasta as it cooks) water to a boil. Meanwhile, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large, 12-inch, non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add in 1 diced medium-sized onion and a pinch of kosher salt. Cook until soft and translucent, or for about 5 to 8 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for an additional minute.

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Once the water is boiling, drop in the pound of pasta around the same time you add in a pound of lean ground beef to the skillet.

Use a wooden spoon to break it up the lean ground beef into small crumbles and cooking until no longer pink. Drain and discard any fat, before adding in 3 tablespoons of tomato paste and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes..

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Season with 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 3/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes and a pinch of kosher salt. Next, pour in 3/4 to 1 cup of low-sodium beef broth and a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for a few minutes.

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Drain the pasta, add it to the pan with the sauce and gently toss to combine.

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Lastly, turn the heat off under the pan and add in 2 cups of freshly grated mozzarella cheese. Toss until the cheese is melty and ooey-gooey.

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Liiiike so. How perfect is that cheese pull? I mean…😍

Now FYI, I’ve tried this with half provolone and mozzarella – which is good, but the sharp provolone really over took the flavors of this dish. So I usually just use mozzarella by itself. However, if you have fontina… that would be delicious as well.

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As if this wasn’t cheesy enough, I sprinkle it with a little freshly grated Parmesan and finely minced parsley for a pop of green and a little freshness.

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3o minutes. A handful of ingredients. One sexy, easy cheesy beef pasta skillet meal. Just serve with a leafy green salad and slices of garlic bread.

Do it.

Love easy meals? Check out my growing list of one-pan dinners here.

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(so cheesy.)

Enjoy! And if you give this Easy Cheesy Beef Pasta Skillet recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Easy Cheesy Beef Pasta Skillet

This easy cheesy beef pasta recipe is simple and delicious! Pasta tossed in a simple sauce and lots of cheese. This recipe feeds 4 to 6 and is ready in 30!

Yield: 6+ servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 15 to 20 minutes

Total Time: about 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pound small pasta

2 teaspoons light olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, diced

4 cloves minced fresh garlic

1 pound lean ground beef

3 tablespoons tomato paste

3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 to 4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce (store bought or homemade)

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3/4 to 1 cup low-sodium beef broth

2 cups grated fresh mozzarella and/or fontina cheese

basil, for garnish

minced fresh parsley, for garnish

grated parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add in the pasta, stir and cook following package directions until al dente.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a 12-inch deep sided skillet on medium-low heat. Add in onion and a pinch of salt, stir and cook until the edges of the onion starts turning slightly golden brown. Then add in the garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute.

Next add in the ground beef, breaking it up into small crumbles with a wooden spoon. Cook until no longer pink, drain and discard fat if necessary.

Add in the tomato paste, Worcestershire and black pepper, stir and cook 2 to 3 minutes before adding in the broth, stirring to combine.

Drain and add in the pasta and gently toss. Then and in all of the mozzarella cheese. Toss until melted and serve with minced fresh parsley and parmesan cheese.

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10 Responses to “Easy Cheesy Beef Pasta Skillet”

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    Jane S. — April 23, 2018 at 11:02 am

    This looks so good, Laurie! And I love having a different recipe for ground beef besides just spaghetti and meat sauce. We will be trying this asap!!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 23rd, 2018 @ 11:08 am

      Thank you, Jane! Enjoy!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 23, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    My Hubby will love this pasta! Looks so delicious and flavorful!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 24th, 2018 @ 3:01 pm

      Thank you, Anna! Enjoy! ❤️

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    Heather — April 24, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    I just made this! Really good thank you.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 24th, 2018 @ 2:51 pm

      I’m so glad, Heather!

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    Barb — April 24, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Looks good but the pasta is missing from the recipe.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 24th, 2018 @ 2:51 pm

      Gah! And it’s the best part too! I’ve added it in to the recipe. Thanks! Good looking out Barb!

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    2pots2cook — April 25, 2018 at 4:22 am

    So simple and so inviting ! Thank you !

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 30th, 2018 @ 7:20 am

      Thank YOU! I hope you give it a try!

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