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Ground Beef Pasta with Alfredo

This Ground Beef Pasta with Alfredo sauce is a game-changing, one-pot recipe for busy weeknight dinners! This easy recipe requires no pre-boiling of pasta, saving you time and dishes. Juicy, well-seasoned meat is paired with a creamy Parmesan sauce and perfectly cooked in a single pot. Quick, delicious, and a family favorite!

beef alfredo pasta in a white bowl
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What Type of Pasta to Use

Fettuccine and linguine are the most common choices for Alfredo sauce. The broad surface of the pasta allows the creamy Alfredo sauce to coat the pasta effectively, providing a delightful combination of flavors and textures.

You can use whatever you like. Here are more options:

  • Spaghetti: A great choice if you prefer thinner pasta.
  • Penne: A tubular pasta that can trap the creamy sauce inside, creating a nice contrast between the sauce and the pasta.
  • Rigatoni: Another tubular pasta, rigatoni’s ridges help hold the sauce, making it a hearty choice for Alfredo.
  • Farfalle (Bowtie pasta): The unique bowtie shape adds a fun twist to the dish and is great for catching the sauce.
canned fire roasted tomatoes, diced onions, diced green peppers, garlic, and grated parmesan in separate glass bowls

What Type of Cheese to Use

Alfredo sauce is made using Parmesan cheese. Parmesan cheese adds a rich, salty, and nutty flavor to the sauce, which complements the creamy base beautifully. You should also use freshly grated Parmesan cheese for the best flavor and texture, as opposed to pre-shredded bagged cheese.

You can use whatever type of cheese you prefer in this recipe.

collage of 4 photos of ground beef in a skillet with spices

Do You Break the Pasta in Half

People often break their pasta in half so that it will fit in the pot they are using to cook the pasta. I find I don’t need to do this and it’s frowned upon. Some even consider it bad luck. The pasta is meant to be eaten by twirling it around your fork. It’s hard to do that if you have smaller pieces.

It won’t harm the pasta if you do! So if you must, feel free!

collage of 4 photos of ground beef in a skillet with spices

No Boil Pasta Method

I love to use a no-boil pasta method in this recipe! Feel free to boil your pasta first if that’s your wish.

The method I use in this recipe results in only needing one pot to accomplish it all. You will combine the pasta sauce ingredients in your pan or pot and then add in your pasta and allow your pasta and sauce to simmer until the pasta is tender.

This method allows to sauce to penetrate the pasta as it cooks and also results in immense flavor.

linguine in a pan with Alfredo sauce

How to Make Ground Beef Pasta

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Place a large skillet or Dutch oven on the stove at medium-high heat.
  2. Add ground beef. Break down the ground beef and season the ground beef with the spices.
  3. Add in onions, green peppers, and minced garlic. Stir and cook.
  4. Add in diced tomatoes and stir.
  5. Remove the ground beef and vegetables from the pan and set aside.
  6. Add broth and heavy cream to the pot.
  7. Once the mixture begins to boil and bubble add in the pasta.
  8. Simmer.
  9. Add the ground beef mixture to the pasta and sauce. Fold to combine the ingredients.
linguine in a pan with Alfredo sauce, parmesan cheese, and spices

What Type of Pan or Pot to Use

To make this a convenient one-pot meal, you’ll want to use a large, deep skillet, a wide saucepan, Dutch oven, or wide-bottomed pot. This type of cookware allows you to brown the ground beef, cook the pasta, and prepare the Alfredo sauce all in a single pot.

I used this pan from Amazon and this Dutch oven would work, too.

If you want to use separate pots to cook the pasta and beef, feel free to do so.

beef alfredo pasta in a pan
beef alfredo pasta in a pan

How to Substitute Ground Beef

You can use ground turkey, ground chicken, ground sausage (Italian sausage too), sausage rounds, bacon, seafood, or omit the meat completely.

Additional Toppings, Substitutes, and Add-in Ideas

  • Chicken
  • Shrimp or any seafood
  • Bacon
  • Grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese: A classic topping that adds a salty, savory kick.
  • Fresh basil or parsley: Chopped herbs bring freshness and a burst of color.
  • Red pepper flakes: For a touch of heat and extra flavor.
  • Mushrooms: Sliced and sautéed mushrooms pair wonderfully.
  • Tomatoes: Diced tomatoes or cherry tomatoes can add freshness and acidity.
  • Spinach or kale: A great way to add veggies and nutrients.
  • Olives: Sliced black or green olives can introduce a briny element.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes: I love these for an intense, concentrated flavor.
  • Artichoke hearts: Canned or marinated artichoke hearts offer a unique tangy taste.
  • Capers: These can add a hint of saltiness.
beef alfredo pasta in a white bowl

How to Store

Leftovers can be stored tightly covered and sealed in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How to Reheat

Reheating Alfredo sauce can be a bit tricky because it has a tendency to break or become clumpy if it’s not reheated properly. Alfredo sauce thickens as it cools, so you may need to add a little more cream or milk to adjust the consistency when reheating.

Heat the leftovers gently while stirring, and gradually add a small amount of cream to bring it back to the desired consistency. Continue to stir until it’s smooth.

The sauce will also penetrate heavily into the pasta and ground beef. This can be a really good thing because that means the leftovers are bursting with flavor. If you want a saucy dish you will have to use the tip noted above.

The best way to reheat is on the stove at medium-high heat. Constantly stir until warm.

You can use the microwave but with caution. Use short intervals like 15 to 30 seconds at a time. Overheating will cause the dish to dry out.

beef alfredo pasta in a white bowl

Freezer Tips

You can freeze the dish for up to a couple of months. Defrost in the fridge overnight and follow the steps above to reheat.

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beef alfredo pasta in a white bowl

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beef alfredo pasta in a bowl and wrapped around a fork
beef alfredo pasta in a white bowl
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Ground Beef Pasta with Alfredo

This Ground Beef Pasta with Alfredo sauce is a game-changing, one-pot recipe for busy weeknight dinners! This easy recipe requires no pre-boiling of pasta, saving you time and dishes. Juicy, well-seasoned meat is paired with a creamy Parmesan sauce and perfectly cooked in a single pot. Quick, delicious, and a family favorite!
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword beef alfredo pasta, beef pasta recipe, ground beef alfredo, ground beef pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 650kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning Optional for spicy kick.
  • ½ cup diced onions
  • ½ cup diced green peppers
  • 2-3 garlic cloves Minced
  • 14.5 oz canned fire roasted diced tomatoes Drained

Pasta and Alfredo Sauce

  • 1-2 cups broth (beef, vegetable, or chicken) or water. Broth adds additional flavor.
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning Optional for spicy kick.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8-10 oz pasta I used linguine. See notes. 8oz of pasta will result in a creamier texture.
  • 1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Place a large skillet (large enough to fit the pasta and ground beef) or Dutch oven on the stove at medium-high heat.
  • Add the ground beef. Break down the ground beef using a meat chopper, wooden, or silicone spoon. Season the ground beef with the spices.
    1 pound ground beef, 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning, Salt and pepper to taste, 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • Add in the onions, green peppers, and minced garlic. Stir and cook until the meat is fully cooked, no longer pink, and the onions and garlic are fragrant.
    ½ cup diced onions, ½ cup diced green peppers, 2-3 garlic cloves
  • Add in the diced tomatoes and stir.
    14.5 oz canned fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • Remove the ground beef and vegetables from the pan and set aside. Drain any excess fat from the beef.
  • Place the same pan or pot on the stove at medium-high heat. Add the broth and heavy cream to the pot. Start with 1 cup of broth. Taste the sauce repeatedly and add salt and additional spices as necessary to suit your taste.
    1-2 cups broth (beef, vegetable, or chicken), 1 cup heavy whipping cream, ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning, ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning, Salt and pepper to taste
  • Once the mixture begins to boil and bubble add in the pasta. The pasta should wilt down without the need to break it.
    8-10 oz pasta
  • Once the pasta has wilted and is fully covered in the sauce, adjust the heat to medium and cover the pot. If the pasta isn’t completely submerged in sauce, add additional broth as needed.
  • Simmer the pasta for 10-15 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese and fold to combine.
    1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • Add the ground beef mixture to the pasta and sauce. Fold to combine the ingredients.
  • Cool before serving.

Notes

Feel free to season the beef with any spices you wish.
You can use any pasta you prefer in the recipe: linguine, fettuccine, spaghetti, penne, etc.
You can use ground turkey, ground chicken, ground sausage (Italian sausage too), sausage rounds, bacon, seafood, or omit the meat completely.
You can use any canned tomatoes you prefer.
You can use half and half or milk instead of heavy cream, but it will alter the texture of the sauce. It won’t be as thick and may turn out watery.
Feel free to boil your pasta in accordance with the package instructions if you prefer it.
The noodles and ground beef will soak up a lot of the pasta sauce. As the dish sits, it isn’t an overly saucy dish. If you prefer a saucy dish cook additional servings of the sauce on the side and add it to your pasta as needed.
You can use whatever type of cheese you prefer in this recipe. I always recommend you grab blocks of cheese and grate them yourself. Pre-shredded cheese is coated with anti-caking agents, such as potato starch or cellulose, to prevent clumping and make it last longer in the store. These coatings interfere with the cheese’s ability to melt smoothly and affect the texture of your dishes. When you grate your cheese fresh, it doesn’t have these additives and preservatives, resulting in a more velvety and evenly melted cheese.
 
 
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 650kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 38g
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Recipe Rating




Regina

Wednesday 20th of March 2024

I finally made this recipe after saving it for months. My husband is a picky eater and complains about the little chunks of tomatoes in sauces. He loved this meal about as much as I did and said I need to make it more often. Brandi did it again with another great recipe. The Cajun seasoning was perfect and loved the one pot cooking.

staysnatched

Thursday 21st of March 2024

Yay! So glad you enjoyed it.

John

Friday 23rd of February 2024

I have to confess, I boiled the pasta because I used a ready made Parmesan sauce. It was outstanding.

staysnatched

Friday 23rd of February 2024

Nice!

John

Friday 23rd of February 2024

This is an awesome recipe. Next time I will use Italian tomatoes because we use Italian seasoning in it. I cheated with the Alfredo sauce. Instead of making the sauce from scratch, I used RAGU Alfredo sauce. It's a very tasty sauce. No disappointment there. This is one of the tastiest recipe, and there is enough left over for another meal. It is a 5 star recipe. I usually do not like "All in one pot" recipes, but this one got my attention.

Sherene

Wednesday 10th of January 2024

Easy, tasty, toddler-approved weeknight dinner meal!

staysnatched

Thursday 11th of January 2024

Glad to hear it's toddler approved!

Joanna

Monday 4th of December 2023

Finally made this tonight - I've had it bookmarked since it was posted. So delicious!! My husband and I love pasta & alfredo, but regular alfredo recipes upset my husband's stomach because they are so fatty & rich. This was perfectly creamy & delicious without being too heavy and making him not feel well. And I loved the Cajun spice in there, definitely not traditional, but absolutely delicious! And the one-pot method worked so well. This recipe is going into our regular rotation for sure.

staysnatched

Tuesday 5th of December 2023

I’m glad it will be in the rotation