Creamy beef pasta recipe

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This is a quick and easy meal, which can be enjoyed anytime of the week. Enjoy with crusty bread rolls, if desired.

52 people made this

IngredientsServes: 8

  • 450g macaroni
  • 450g minced beef
  • 225g cream cheese, softened
  • 2 (295g) tins condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 250ml milk or as needed

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:20min ›Ready in:30min

  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni and return to the boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender and has cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the minced beef in a frying pan over medium heat, breaking the meat up as it cooks, until the beef is browned and no longer pink. Drain excess fat. Stir in the cream cheese until melted, then mix in the mushroom soup until thoroughly combined. Stir in milk, about 4 tablespoons at a time, until the mixture is the consistency of gravy. Stir in the macaroni, bring to a simmer and serve.

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Reviews in English (44)

what is this???????add a tin of soup?????you must be joking.-22 Feb 2016

Although this is a quick and easy meal, we found it quite bland.-21 Jul 2014

by Candi

I make a variation of this all of the time! I do, however, do a few things different: - I use about a cup of milk, instead of cream cheese - I add at least 2 cups of sliced fresh mushrooms (cooked with the ground beef) - I use plenty of seasonings while cooking the beef ( garlic powder, seasoning salt, a little rosemary, black pepper - all to taste) - and I use several different types of pasta. Sometimes I use spaghetti, sometimes penne, scoobidoos, rotini, etc - depending on what we feel like. They are all wonderful. This is one of our family favorites!-27 Jun 2010

Beef pasta is simply the decadent and indulgent version of spaghetti Bolognese or gnocchi Bolognese. The addition of cream and cheese takes this pasta recipe to a whole new world. The beef sauce is cooked down so it melts in the mouth and the pasta just soaks up all the delicious creamy sauce.

Every bite is promised with a mouthful of the ground beef, thanks to the type of pasta used. OK, I really need to tell you how to make this dish and stop talking about how good and simple it is.

Beef pasta is super easy to make and it all comes together in about 30 minutes. It uses simple ingredients and a perfect recipe for a busy weeknight.

Related post: If you are loving this recipe, then you will love my creamy Tuscan salmon recipe. It is quick, easy and delicious, total comfort food just like today's recipe


Tube Shaped Pasta - I have found that the tube shaped pastas like ziti, penne, rigatoni work the best for this recipe. The creamy tomato meat sauce gets stuck inside the pasta noodles and it's really yummy. But feel free to use any pasta that you have in your pantry. Anything will work in this recipe just make sure its 16 oz of pasta.

Onion - Use a white onion or a yellow onion for this recipe.

Salt & Italian Seasoning - This cooks with the ground beef to flavor it.

Garlic - You can use fresh garlic cloves that have been minced or pressed. Use chopped garlic from a jar. Or use garlic pasta from a tube, this is what I use and you can find in the refrigerated section of the produce area.

Italian Style Diced Tomatoes - These are the canned diced tomatoes that have garlic, basil, and oregano in them. Sometimes labeled as 'Italian Style' on the can. I always throw these into a food processor or blender and pulse them several times to get rid of the large chunks of tomato. This is completely optional.

Heavy Cream - Don't try and substitute with something else as it will just make the pasta sauce runny and not creamy and thick.

Salt, Dried Basil & Granulated Sugar - More spices to flavor the cream and tomatoes, and sugar to cut the acid from the tomatoes.

Recipe Summary

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) package egg noodles
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, or more to taste

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes drain and discard grease. Mix sugar, salt, garlic salt and tomato sauce into ground beef simmer until flavors blend, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cover skillet, and cool to room temperature.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook egg noodles in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 5 minutes. Drain and cool slightly.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish.

Mix sour cream, cream cheese, and onion in a bowl.

Scoop half the noodles into the prepared casserole dish top with half the sour cream mixture. Spoon half the ground beef mixture atop sour cream layer. Repeat layering with remaining ingredients. Top casserole with Cheddar cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven until Cheddar cheese has browned, 25 to 30 minutes.

Easy Creamy Ground Beef Pasta

This ground beef pasta recipe tastes like it's been cooked low and slow, but it's ready in about 30 minutes! Perfect for busy weeknights.

Creamy Beef and Shells or my Homemade Hamburger Helper, there's a good chance you will enjoy this ground beef pasta. This recipe is sorta like a quick bolognese sauce. Ground beef, onions, garlic, and a creamy tomato sauce make one comforting dinner. As a kid, spaghetti with meat sauce was always one of my favorite comfort foods, and as an adult I've always keep some variation of this sauce in my freezer. I'm excited to introduce this version to my website!

I chose penne for the photos, but this recipe will work with whatever your favorite pasta shape is/what you've got on hand. It's the perfect quick family meal!

What’s in Ground Beef Pasta?

The ground beef and creamy pasta sauce come together with minimal ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make this ground beef and pasta recipe:

  • Rotini pasta
  • Ground beef
  • Dried herbs and spices (garlic powder, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika)
  • Salt and pepper
  • All-purpose flour
  • Beef broth
  • Tomato sauce
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

Creamy Beef Ragù & Elicoidali Pasta

Classic American flavors are at the heart of tonight's comforting pasta dish. The boldness of beef and cheddar are balanced by the tang of tomatoes in our rich ragù, or Italian gravy. We're seasoning it all with savory spices, including smoked paprika, garlic powder and onion powder. Elicoidali pasta, with its ridges and hollow center, is perfect for capturing the hearty meat sauce.


Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel and small dice the shallot. Grate the cheese. Finely chop the spinach.

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 3 to 5 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

Add the shallot and spice blend season with salt and pepper to the pan of reserved fond. (If the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil.) Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add as much of the red pepper flakes as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant.

Add the cooked beef, tomato sauce and ½ cup of water to the pan season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat and add the cheese stir to thoroughly combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

While the sauce cooks, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook 9 to 10 minutes, or until just shy of al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Add the spinach, sauce and half the reserved pasta cooking water to the pot of cooked pasta. Cook on medium-high, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the spinach has wilted. (If the sauce seems dry, gradually add the remaining pasta cooking water to achieve your desired consistency.) Turn off the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the finished pasta between 4 dishes. Enjoy!

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  1. Cook the pasta: Follow the instructions on the packaging.
  2. Sauté the meat: In a skillet, brown the ground beef, drain the excess fat, then, set aside.
  3. Make the sauce: In the same large skillet, sauté onion and garlic. Stir in the flour for about a minute. Slowly stir in the stock, marinara sauce, and the herbs and seasonings. Let the whole thing boil and thicken.
  4. Combine: Add in the pasta, meat, heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Then, add in the sour cream and cheese.
  5. Serve: Once the cheese has melted, serve it while hot!

Can I use different ground meat?

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Do you need to discard beef grease?

The answer is both yes and no. You will be throwing away flavor along with the grease when you discard it. So, there are two answers to this question.

Yes, if you used the kind that has too much fat. Too much grease is not desirable so you need to discard it.

And no, if you used extra lean meat. There is not much grease that will develop, so you can keep that tiny amount and not discard it.

Hence, I strongly recommend that you use extra lean meat for this one as it would be more flavorful. And since this dish has sauce, do not worry about it getting too dry.

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