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.

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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 and Instant Pot 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. Crockpot 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 dinner.

A wooden spoon lifting a scoop of pizza casserole from a crockpot.
Crockpot Pizza Casserole
Crockpot pizza casserole combines pasta with ground beef, pepperoni, a zesty tomato sauce, and plenty of cheese for a crowd-pleasing dinner!
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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 love?

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

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 sure to become your new favorite meal.

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

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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. Taco Stuffed Shells

Can’t decide between pasta and taco night? Do both with these cheesy taco-stuffed shells. It’s a mashup everyone will enjoy, and leftovers store well to enjoy for days!

A plate full of taco stuffed shells.
Taco Stuffed Shells
This taco stuffed shells recipe stuffs the best taco filling into tender jumbo pasta shells. Kids and adults are going to love this fun, easy-to-make meal! 
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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.

A skillet of meatball stroganoff.
Meatball Stroganoff
For a satisfying dinner the whole family will love, you can’t beat meatball stroganoff! With hearty meatballs and a creamy, flavorful sauce, you’ll make this weeknight dinner again and again.
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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. However, after one bite, you’ll see that the wait is well 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 but is a lot easier to make!

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. Baked ravioli version is basically the cousin of baked ziti, meaning it’s seriously crave-worthy. As it bakes, the ravioli melds with the sauce and cheese to make a melt-in-your-mouth dish non one can resist.

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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22. Taco Lasagna

Combine two favorites into one tasty dish with this taco lasagna. The lasagna takes everything you love about tacos and layers them casserole style. It’s great to make in bulk and easy to serve.

A portion of taco lasagna on a plate.
Taco Lasagna
For a fun twist on traditional lasagna, try Taco Lasagna! Made with tortillas instead of pasta and layered with two kinds of beans, loads of melted cheese, and a decidedly Tex-Mex flair, you'll love this fun take on a classic!
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23. Million Dollar Spaghetti

Million dollar spaghetti is basically like a big bowl of comfort. The pasta bake includes four different types of cheese and combines it with seasoned ground beef, spicy sausage, and spaghetti noodles to make a super mouthwatering bite. Don’t bother putting it away immediately, because you’ll be back for seconds.

Million Dollar Spaghetti
Million Dollar Spaghetti is the ultimate comfort food pasta bake! Four kinds of cheese, hearty ground beef, spicy sausage, and silky spaghetti noodles combine to make a dish that'll leave you feeling like a million bucks.
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24. Enchilada Pasta

Love beef enchiladas? How about a creamy pasta bake? Then, you’ll easily fall in love with this enchilada pasta. Not only is the dish full of flavor and spice, but it also comes together in under 30 minutes.

Enchilada Pasta
Enchilada Pasta
This cheesy, beefy Enchilada Pasta cooks right in the enchilada sauce to create a one pot meal that’s on the table in under 30 minutes.
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25. Smoky Meatball Pasta Bake

The next time your family craves classic spaghetti and meatballs, surprise them with this smoky meatball pasta bake. It takes everything you love about the traditional dish and makes it even better with smokey flavors and plenty of cheese.

Smoky Meatball Pasta Bake
Smoky Meatball Pasta Bake
Smoky Meatball Pasta Bake – a meal the whole family will love! #meatballs #pastabake #meatballbake #familymeal #beef #mincedbeef #groundbeef
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26. Ground Beef Orzo

Need a quick dinner that the whole family will love? Serve up this ground beef orzo. It’s creamy, simple, and ready in under 30 minutes. Even your pickiest eater will be excited to dig in.

Ground Beef Orzo
Ground Beef Orzo
In just 30 minutes you can have this ground beef orzo with a creamy tomato sauce on your table! It’s a kid-friendly meal that uses simple, wholesome ingredients.
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27. Taco Spaghetti

Who says you can’t have tacos with your spaghetti? This ground beef pasta recipe throws all the rules out the window and combines two cuisines into one tasty dish.

Taco Spaghetti
This one-skillet Taco Spaghetti is hearty, flavorful, and perfect for tonight's dinner! Take everything you love about tacos, fold it into spaghetti rather than taco shells, add lots of hot sauce, and dig in!
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28. Ground Beef Stroganoff

If you love meatball stroganoff, you’ll be all over this ground beef stroganoff dish. It takes all the classic flavors of the traditional dish but uses ground beef instead of meatballs to create that rich, meaty flavor. The best part about ground beef is that you get a piece in each bite, and it’s even easier to make.

Ground Beef Stroganoff
This hearty Ground Beef Stroganoff recipe cooks ground beef and mushrooms in a creamy, savory sauce that's perfect with tender egg noodles. An especially wonderful cold-weather dish, this meal will satisfy any day of the year!
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29. One-Pot Creamy Beef Pasta

Calling all cheese lovers! This one-pot creamy beef pasta has your name all over it. The pasta recipe usestwo different varieties of cheese to create a super creamy bite.

One-Pot Creamy Beef Pasta
One-Pot Creamy Beef Pasta
This easy one-pot creamy beef pasta is packed with ample flavor and two different kinds of cheeses…so comforting and weeknight friendly!
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30. Philly Cheesesteak Pasta

This Philly cheesesteak pasta is the ultimate mashup of comfort foods. In just 30 minutes, pasta combines with a rich provolone cheddar sauce and ground beef to deconstruct a classic sandwich. Pro tip! Keep a thick slice of bread around to sop up any extra sauce.

Philly Cheesesteak Pasta
Philly Cheesesteak Pasta
This Philly Cheesesteak Pasta boasts the cheesy goodness of Philly Cheesesteak, with the speedy convenience and comfort of a skillet, on your table in just over 30 minutes! This recipe uses budget-friendly, juicy ground beef instead of steak (or sub ground turkey), in a luxurious provolone cheddar sauce loaded with cheesesteak flavors and your choice of add-ins. It will quickly become a go-to family favorite everyone will want seconds of!
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31. Greek Spaghetti With Meat Sauce

This popular spaghetti dish is the Greek version of spaghetti bolognese. The recipe uses a combination of Greek spices to achieve the signature flavor.

Greek Spaghetti With Meat Sauce
Greek Spaghetti With Meat Sauce
“Makaronia me Kima” (Greek spaghetti with meat sauce) is pure comfort food. This popular recipe is the Greek version of spaghetti Bolognese
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32. Mongolian Ground Beef Noodles

Ditch the takeout menu, and make the best ground beef noodles you’ve ever had, thanks to this Mongolian ground beef noodle recipe. The whole dish comes together in just 15 minutes. So, it will be on the plate faster than delivery could reach your house anyway.

Mongolian Ground Beef Noodles
Mongolian Ground Beef Noodles
This delcious mongolian ground beef noodles recipe only takes 15 minutes to make. It is a very filling dinner you won’t want to miss.
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Should you drain ground beef for pasta?

While it is not mandatory, draining the ground beef before combining it with pasta does help. After the meat is browned, use a spoon to remove any excess fat in the pan. This will ensure that the dish isn’t greasy.

Do you season ground beef before or after draining?

Season the ground beef after draining the excess fat. If you season the meat and then drain the excess fat, you will remove a lot of the seasoning in that process.

What is the difference between spaghetti and beef Bolognese?

Spaghetti is a type of noodle, and beef bolognese is a meat sauce added to pasta.

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