Great for using any leftover pasta! Simple and inexpensive cheesy ground beef skillet dinner that's nice enough for company
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Cheesy Ground Beef Pasta Skillet

This cheesy ground beef pasta skillet is one of those one-pot wonders that has excellent flavor. It has a deep savory taste that’s sure to please the whole family.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: beef, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef, one pot pasta, quick ground beef dinners, skillet dinner
Servings: 4
Calories: 627kcal
Author: Judith Hannemann


  • 2 cups ziti pasta cooked see NOTES
  • 1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp crushed red chili flakes optional
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley plus more for garnish
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella


  • Cook pasta according to al dente package directions less 1 minute. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Drain pasta without rinsing.
  • Meanwhile in a large skillet over high heat add 1 tablespoon olive oil and brown beef while breaking up with a wooden spoon, about 2 minutes. Reduce to medium heat. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Stir in garlic, onions, chili flakes, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, parsley, and 1/2 cup pasta (or plain) water. Simmer until meat is tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Toss in pasta and 1 cup mozzarella. Top with remaining cheese and cover with lid. Garish with additional parsley.


I used leftover pasta. If you don't have any on hand, there are cooking directions in the recipe.


Calories: 627kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 548mg | Potassium: 631mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1281IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 338mg | Iron: 4mg