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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To Make This Cheesy Beef Pasta Skillet 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
  • 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. Then 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. Next, 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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Now 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 then a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for a few minutes.

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Once al dente, drain the pasta, add it to the pan with the sauce. And then 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. Because the pasta and sauce is hot, it will melt the cheese almost instantly. Toss until the cheese is melty and ooey-gooey.

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Liiiike so. How perfect is that cheese pull?

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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30 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 Cheesy Beef Pasta Skillet recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 6 servings

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!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound small pasta
  • 2 teaspoons light olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce, store bought or homemade
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 to 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups mozzarella, and/or fontina cheese, grated fresh
  • basil, for garnish
  • minced parsley, for garnish
  • grated parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions 

  • 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.
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 528kcal, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 76mg, Sodium: 418mg, Potassium: 647mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 450IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 224mg, Iron: 3mg

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