Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins | Total Time: 25 mins | Servings: 4

This Cheesy Ground Beef Pasta Skillet is a one-pot meal with wonderful flavors! I love the deep savory taste of this pasta dish. This recipe is incredibly easy to make and ready in under thirty minutes. My family loves this Cheesy Ground Beef Pasta Skillet so much that this become one of our favorite menu rotations! For this recipe, I used leftover pasta. But you can always cook a new batch of pasta if you do not have leftovers.

1 pound ground beef

3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon pepper

2 pounds tomato paste

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 onion, chopped

½ c. chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes, optional

2 c. shredded mozzarella
2 c. Ziti pasta, cooked

salt to taste

How to make Cheesy Ground Beef Pasta Skillet

Step 1: Following the package directions, cook the pasta a minute less than al dente. Set aside a half cup of the pasta water and drain the rest once the pasta is done but do not rinse.

Step 2: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Once hot, add the beef and cook for about 2 minutes until brown, breaking the meat up using a wooden spoon. Then, adjust the heat to medium heat. Season the beef with 1 tsp salt and half tsp black pepper.

Step 3: Into the skillet, add the garlic, onions, chili flakes, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, parsley, and ½ c pasta (or plain) water. Stir well and let everything simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes or until tender.

Step 4: Add the pasta into the skillet along with 1 c mozzarella. Stir well and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Put the lid on.

Step 5: Before serving, garnish the cheesy ground beef, and pasta skillet with extra parsley. Enjoy!


For this recipe, I used leftover pasta.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 627 kcal | 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