Ground beef pasta recipes are always a good idea when it comes to dinner! The traditional combination can be assembled in so many different ways to make a menu that is full of weeknight wins.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly dinner, ground beef pasta recipes are always a hit. The dishes are satisfying and easy enough that you can make them for dinner any night of the week. From traditional casserole dishes to cozy soups, you really can’t go wrong with any of these ground beef pasta dishes.

Ground Beef Pasta Dishes To Make This Week

Ground beef is a classic ingredient that is always full of flavor. It is hearty and transforms into a comforting dish when combined with pasta. Not only are all of these ground beef pasta recipes super tasty, but the majority freeze really well and can be great to keep frozen for a last-minute meal.

(Learn how long ground beef lasts in the refrigerator. Check out our Mexican ground beef recipes too!)

1. Ground Beef Casserole

It doesn’t get more classic than a ground beef casserole. This traditional casserole combines ground beef, marinara sauce, and tons of cheese to make a super comforting meal for any night of the week.

Ground Beef Casserole
Ground Beef Casserole is a classic family-friendly weeknight dinner idea! Elbow noodles are tossed with ground beef, marinara, and lots of melty cheese.
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2. Baked Ziti

Whether you are serving a crowd or just looking for an easy weeknight meal, baked ziti is the way to go. The cheesy dish couldn’t be easier to make and it can even be frozen and saved for later.

Baked Ziti
Baked ziti is a pasta bake recipe that’s sure to be a hit with the whole family! It’s packed with pasta, cheese, and a meaty marinara sauce, and it’s perfect for assembling in advance for an easy weeknight dinner.
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3. Cheeseburger Casserole

If you love cheeseburgers, get ready to fall in love with this cheeseburger casserole. The casserole takes everything you love about a classic cheeseburger and combines it with elbow noodles for a tasty bite on your plate.

A spoon lifting a scoop of cheeseburger casserole from a baking dish.
Cheeseburger Casserole
This easy cheeseburger casserole is a hearty dinner your whole family will devour! Tender elbow noodles are combined with seasoned ground beef, tomatoes, and lots of cheddar—and it comes together with minimal effort!
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4. Mexican Manicotti Casserole Recipe

Mexican food mashes up with Italian to create this Mexican manicotti casserole dish. The casserole is basically a taco wrapped up in a tender manicotti shell. It’s the mashup you never knew you needed.

Mexican Manicotti Casserole Recipe and Freezer Meal
Mexican Manicotti casserole is a delicious, easy to make casserole dinner with bold flavors and a creamy salsa based sauce that everyone will love. Combining ground beef, refried beans, fresh peppers and tomatoes, cheese and
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5. Pizza Casserole

Pizza is the ultimate meal, and this pizza casserole is the next best thing. (Maybe even better?!) The casserole deconstructs the traditional dish and combines it with ground beef, penne pasta, and more to make a fun pizza-style meal.

Pizza Casserole
Pizza Casserole is made with penne pasta, ground beef, pork sausage, pepperoni’s, olives, bell pepper, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
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6. Penne Pasta Bake

If you are looking for comfort food, look no further than this penne pasta bake. It’s full of melty cheese, a super creamy sauce, and hearty ground beef. What’s not to like?

Penne Pasta Bake Recipe
Pure comfort food, this Penne Pasta Bake recipe has a meaty, creamy sauce and lots and lots of cheese. It is perfect for a busy night, and is perfect for feeding a crowd.
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7. Baked Spaghetti

If you’ve never had baked spaghetti, get ready for it to become your favorite meal. Baked spaghetti combines pasta and a casserole into one comforting dish. This version takes a meaty tomato sauce, along with loads of cheese, to make the ultimate weeknight dinner.

Baked Spaghetti
Cheesy baked spaghetti is the perfect meal for when you can’t decide between pasta or a casserole! Spaghetti noodles are combined with a meaty tomato sauce and three types of cheese, then baked in the oven for a kid-friendly dinner.
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8. Baked Rigatoni

Good luck only eating one helping of this baked rigatoni. This dish is so tasty, you’ll be going back for seconds and thirds!

Baked Rigatoni
Baked rigatoni pairs tube pasta with a meaty, garlicky tomato sauce made with ground beef and Italian sausage, creamy ricotta, and melty shredded mozzarella. It's the kind of comfort food dinner that's always a hit!
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9. Creamy Beef and Shells

If you are a big creamy pasta fan, this creamy beef and shells will be a fast favorite. The creamy sauce lives up to its reputation, giving the shells and ground beef a perfect partner for this epic meal.

Creamy Beef and Shells
Creamy Beef and Shells – A quick/easy ground beef recipe, this is a pasta dish that will be on your dinner table all week long! So creamy and so comforting!
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10. Pasta e Fagioli

Ground beef and pasta can come in all shapes and sizes. Case in point: this Pasta Fagioli soup. Save this one and make it on a cold day for the ultimate cozy meal.

Pasta e Fagioli (Olive Garden Copycat)
Try Pasta e Fagioli and you will be back for seconds. This Olive Garden copycat soup is loaded with delicious vegetables and protein – a true comfort food.
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Ground Beef Pasta Recipes For Any Night Of The Week

11. Crock Pot Lasagna

Skip the oven and go right for the slow cooker with this crock pot lasagna. This crock pot transforms the sauce, noodles, and meat into a lasagna that is to die for.

crock pot lasagna
Crock Pot Lasagna
Crock Pot Lasagna means no need for an oven! Lasagna noodles, meat sauce, and cheese made all in the slow cooker. A classic pasta dish ready anytime!
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12. Instant Pot Spaghetti

Making spaghetti can be a process with lots of pots and pans. Next time you whip up a batch of spaghetti, skip the pots and pans and go straight for the Instant Pot instead. It will save you so much time and space in the kitchen and make a truly delicious meal.

top shot of spaghetti in red meat sauce on white plate
Instant Pot Spaghetti
Instant Pot Spaghetti is an easy and delicious weeknight meal the whole family will love! Just as good as the classic recipe, this spaghetti cooks in under 20 minutes and makes great leftovers.
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13. Pastitsio

Wow your eyes and your tastebuds all at the same time with this pastitsio recipe. The recipe is basically a play on lasagna but with bucatini tubes instead of lasagna noodles. Cutting into the baked pasta to reveal the noodles will be a real treat.

Pastitsio (Greek beef pasta bake)
Greece’s answer to Lasagna – Pastitsio! Layers of Greek bucatini tube pasta, cinnamon spiked meat sauce, and a thick layer of cheese sauce.
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14. Italian Wedding Soup

Ground beef and noodles combine in this comforting Italian wedding soup. This version of the classic soup uses chicken to make the meatballs, but classic ground beef meatballs would make an excellent addition as well.

A bowl of Italian wedding soup with a second bowl and bread in the background.
Italian Wedding Soup
Italian Wedding Soup is a classic soup recipe perfect for a chilly day. With chicken meatballs, pasta, and loads of veggies, it's hearty, satisfying, and packed with flavor!
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15. Cheesy Taco Stuffed Shells

Can’t decide between pasta and taco night? Do both with these cheesy taco-stuffed shells. It’s the mashup of dishes you never knew you were missing out on.

Cheesy Taco Stuffed Shells
Taco Stuffed Shells made with jumbo pasta shells, salsa, cheese and taco meat are the perfect EASY meal that you can prepare ahead of time!
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16. Meatball Stroganoff

Looking for a quick dinner that is bursting with flavor? Go with this meatball stroganoff dish. The creamy mushroom sauce coats the noodles and meatballs to create an ultra tasty ground beef pasta dinner. (Try my Ground Beef Stroganoff too!)

Meatball Stroganoff
Meatball Stroganoff is an easy weeknight dinner that is full of comfort!  Tender meatballs in a creamy mushroom sauce on top of egg noodles and ready in under 30 minutes!

17. Crock Pot Ravioli

Give your ravioli the love and attention it deserves by cooking it up in the crock pot. The recipe takes 3 hours to make, but after one bite, you’ll see that it was worth it. The low and slow cook gives the dish a knockout flavor.

Crock Pot Ravioli Lasagna
This easy 4-Ingredient Crock Pot Ravioli Lasagna recipe comes together in 10 minutes and only takes 3 hours in the slow cooker. Made with frozen ravioli, jarred pasta sauce, ground hamburger, and mozzarella cheese – this is truly a lazy day lasagna!
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18. Cheesy and Easy Lasagna With Meat Sauce

If you love classic lasagna, this non-traditional play on the dish will be a favorite too. The ground beef pasta recipe has everything you love about the traditional version, just in a different order.

Cheesy and Easy Lasagna With Meat Sauce
This easy lasagna recipe is a classic family dinner! Lasagna noodles are layered with a rich meat sauce, creamy ricotta, and lots of cheese.
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19. Instant Pot Lasagna Soup

The next time you are craving a super hearty bowl of soup, make this Instant Pot lasagna soup. The soup has all of the elements of a traditional helping of lasagna. It is cheesy, filling, and full of flavor. Plus, it takes no time to make in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Lasagna Soup
This Instant Pot Lasagna Soup is cheesy, hearty, and done in minutes! It’s a cozy weeknight dinner your family will love.
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20. Baked Ravioli

Ditch the traditional preparation of making ravioli and bake it instead. The baked version of the classic dish is basically the cousin of baked ziti. As it bakes, the ravioli melds with the sauce and cheese to make a melt-in-your-mouth dish.

Baked Ravioli
Baked ravioli is a knockout dinner that is sure to be loved by all! It’s smothered in melty mozzarella, parmesan, and a tasty meat sauce!
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21. Sloppy Joe Pasta

Sloppy Joe meets pasta in this mashup of two classic dishes. It’s the perfect dish to make for your family any night of the week. Bonus! It’s way neater to eat than a traditional Sloppy Joe too.

Sloppy Joe Pasta
A twist on a classic, this one pot sloppy joe pasta is easy to make and has everything you love about sloppy joes with no hamburger buns required.
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