Cheesy Ground Beef Pasta Recipe

This hearty and delicious Cheesy Ground Beef Pasta is a perfect comfort food dish that’s easy to prepare and sure to please the whole family. It combines savory ground beef, tender pasta, and a creamy, cheesy sauce for a satisfying meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups pasta (such as rotini or penne)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Cook the Ground Beef:
  • In a large skillet or pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the diced onion and cook until it becomes translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Add the ground beef to the skillet, breaking it up with a spoon. Cook until the beef is browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Drain any excess fat.
  1. Add Tomatoes and Seasoning:
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes (with their juice), tomato sauce, beef broth, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, and pepper.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  1. Cook the Pasta:
  • Add the pasta to the skillet, ensuring it is submerged in the liquid.
  • Cover and cook for about 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is tender, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  1. Make It Cheesy:
  • Once the pasta is cooked, reduce the heat to low.
  • Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese until melted and well combined.
  • Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the top and stir until melted and incorporated.
  1. Serve:
  • Remove from heat and let the pasta sit for a few minutes to thicken.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley before serving.

Tips:

  • For added flavor, you can use a mix of cheddar and other cheeses like Monterey Jack or Gruyère.
  • You can also add vegetables such as bell peppers, mushrooms, or spinach to make it a more complete meal.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop with a splash of water or broth to restore creaminess.

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